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.
bogey, bogeyman, troll, evil spirit;
Scottish kelpie
rare hob, nix, nixie, elfin


mid 16th century: from hob2 + goblin.

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