hobgoblin


hobgoblin

noun

Definition of HOBGOBLIN

1
an imaginary being usually having a small human form and magical powers <in Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, Puck is a hobgoblin who plays pranks such as spoiling milk and tripping old ladies>
Synonyms brownie, dwarf, elf, faerie (also faery), fay, gnome, goblin, gremlin, hobgoblin, kobold, leprechaun, pixie (also pixy), puck, sprite, troll
2
something or someone that causes fear or dread especially without reason <the fear of success and the pressures that come with it can be more of a hobgoblin than the possibility of failure>

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up hobgoblin? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).