[ hob-it ]
/ ˈhɒb ɪt /


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.

Nearby words

  1. hobbema, meindert,
  2. hobbes,
  3. hobbes, thomas,
  4. hobbesian,
  5. hobbism,
  6. hobbits,
  7. hobble,
  8. hobble skirt,
  9. hobblebush,
  10. hobbledehoy

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


/ (ˈhɒbɪt) /


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 Formshobbitry, noun

Word Origin for hobbit

C20: coined by J. R. R. Tolkien, with the meaning ``hole-builder''

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Word Origin and History for hobbits


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Culture definitions for 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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