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hobgoblin

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noun hob·gob·lin \ˈhäb-ˌgäb-lən\

Simple Definition of hobgoblin

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

  • : something that causes fear or worry

Full Definition of hobgoblin

  1. 1 :  a mischievous goblin

  2. 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


HOBGOBLIN Defined for Kids

hobgoblin

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noun hob·gob·lin \ˈhäb-ˌgä-blən\

Definition of hobgoblin

  1. 1 :  a mischievous elf

  2. 2 :  bogey 2





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