Definition of hobgoblin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhäbˌɡäblən/


1(In mythology and fairy tales) a mischievous imp or sprite.
Example sentences
  • It is a time when the very mention of witches, gnomes, hobgoblins and ogres is enough to conjure up a fantasy world populated with a multitude of such creatures.
  • It was a time when witches did mischief while spiteful fairies and hobgoblins roamed about.
  • If people want to believe in tooth fairies, or leprechauns, or hobgoblins, or taniwha, or whatever, it is their right to do that.
bogey, bugbear, bogeyman
1.1A fearsome mythical creature.
Example sentences
  • In his childhood Martin was afraid of the dark, of ghosts and hobgoblins, and his fear of attack by the threatening unknown later came to surface in his art.
  • They danced around in masks scaring away all manors of demons and hobgoblins, and offered food for their dead's eternal rest.
  • Imagination, then plays upon our fears when there is feeble light, making us see ghouls and hobgoblins in every shadow that moves.


Mid 16th century: from hob2 + goblin.

Words that rhyme with hobgoblin


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Syllabification: hob·gob·lin

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