Definitions for hobgoblinˈhɒbˌgɒb lɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hob•gob•linˈhɒbˌgɒb lɪn(n.)

  1. something causing superstitious fear; bogy.

  2. a mischievous goblin.

Origin of hobgoblin:

1520–30; hob2+goblin

Princeton's WordNet

  1. goblin, hob, hobgoblin(noun)

    (folklore) a small grotesque supernatural creature that makes trouble for human beings

  2. bugbear, hobgoblin(noun)

    an object of dread or apprehension

    "Germany was always a bugbear for France"; "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds"--Ralph Waldo Emerson


  1. hobgoblin(Noun)

    A small, ugly goblin that makes trouble for humans

  2. hobgoblin(Noun)

    A source of dread, fear or apprehension; a bugbear.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hobgoblin(noun)

    a frightful goblin; an imp; a bugaboo; also, a name formerly given to the household spirit, Robin Goodfellow


  1. Hobgoblin

    Hobgoblin is a term typically applied in folktales to describe a friendly but troublesome creature of the Seelie Court. The most commonly known hobgoblin is the character Puck in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Hobgoblins seem to be small, hairy little men who—like their close relative, brownies—are often found within human dwellings, doing odd jobs around the house while the family is lost in sleep. Such chores are typically small deeds, like dusting and ironing. Often, the only compensation necessary in return for these was food. Attempts to give them clothing would often banish them forever, though whether they take offense to such gifts or are simply too proud to work in new clothes differs from teller to teller. While brownies are more peaceful creatures, hobgoblins are more fond of practical jokes. They also seem to be able to shape-shift, as seen in one of Puck's monologues in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Robin Goodfellow is perhaps the most mischievous and most infamous of all his kind, but many are less antagonizing. However, like all of the fae folk, hobgoblins are easily annoyed. When teased or misused excessively, brownies become boggarts—creatures whose sole existence is to play tricks and cause trouble for people. They can be mischievous, frightening, and even dangerous, and they are very difficult to get rid of.


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