Definition of hobgoblin in English:


Line breaks: hob|gob¦lin
Pronunciation: /ˈhɒbɡɒblɪn


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


mid 16th century: from hob2 + goblin.

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