hobgoblin


hob·gob·lin

noun \ˈhäb-ˌgäb-lən\

: an ugly or evil creature that plays tricks in children's stories

: something that causes fear or worry

Full Definition of HOBGOBLIN

1
:  a mischievous goblin
2
:  bogey 2, bugaboo

Examples of HOBGOBLIN

  1. intimidated by the hobgoblins of etiquette
  2. <in Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, Puck is a hobgoblin who plays pranks such as spoiling milk and tripping old ladies>

Origin of HOBGOBLIN

1hob
First Known Use: 1530

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