Definition of hobgoblin in English:

hobgoblin

Line breaks: hob|gob¦lin
Pronunciation: /ˈhɒbgɒblɪn
 
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noun

  • (In mythology and fairy stories) a mischievous imp or sprite.
    More 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.
    Synonyms
    imp, sprite, goblin, elf, brownie, pixie, leprechaun, gnome, dwarf; bogey, bogeyman, troll, evil spirit; Scottish kelpie
    rare hob, nix, nixie, elfin

Origin

mid 16th century: from hob2 + goblin.

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