Definitions for hobgoblinˈhɒbˌgɒb lɪn
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
something causing superstitious fear; bogy.
a mischievous goblin.
Origin of hobgoblin:
goblin, hob, hobgoblin(noun)
(folklore) a small grotesque supernatural creature that makes trouble for human beings
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
A small, ugly goblin that makes trouble for humans
A source of dread, fear or apprehension; a bugbear.
a frightful goblin; an imp; a bugaboo; also, a name formerly given to the household spirit, Robin Goodfellow