hobbit

[ hob-it ]
/ ˈhɒb ɪt /

noun

a member of a race of imaginary creatures related to and resembling humans, living in underground holes and characterized by their good nature, diminutive size, and hairy feet.
a nickname for Homo floresiensis.

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Origin of hobbit

1937; coined by J. R. R. Tolkien in his fantasy novel “The Hobbit”
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British Dictionary definitions for hobbits

hobbit
/ (ˈhɒbɪt) /

noun

one of an imaginary race of half-size people living in holes
a nickname used for a very small type of primitive human, Homo floresiensis, following the discovery of remains of eight such people on the Island of Flores, Indonesia, in 2004

Derived forms of hobbit

hobbitry, noun

Word Origin for hobbit

C20: coined by J. R. R. Tolkien, with the meaning ``hole-builder''
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Cultural definitions for hobbits

hobbits

Hairy-footed creatures who inhabit the Middle-earth created in J. R. R. Tolkien's fiction. Gentle, peace-loving, and only two to four feet tall, hobbits figure prominently in the struggle between the forces of good and evil in The Lord of the Rings.

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