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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In folk-lore, a house-elf or brownie who repays tolerance or kindness by doing the harder part of the housework, in the night, for his benefactors.

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Examples

  • As he watched, his wonder sank, and he grew disappointed at the collapsing of the lubber-fiend into a poor half-naked child upon whom both his courage and his fear had been wasted.

    Sir Gibbie

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