hobgoblin

[ hob-gob-lin ]
/ ˈhɒbˌgɒb lɪn /

noun

something causing superstitious fear; a bogy.
a mischievous goblin.
(initial capital letter) Puck(def 1).

Origin of hobgoblin

First recorded in 1520–30; hob2 + goblin
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hobgoblin

/ (ˌhɒbˈɡɒblɪn) /

noun

an evil or mischievous goblin
a bogey; bugbear

Word Origin for hobgoblin

C16: from hob ² + goblin
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Word Origin and History for hobgoblin

hobgoblin


n.

1520s, from hob "elf," from Hobbe, a variant of Rob (cf. Hick for Richard, Hodge for Rodger, etc.), short for Robin Goodfellow, elf character in German folklore, + goblin.

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