Hobgoblin



[hob-gob-lin] /ˈhɒbˌgɒb lɪn/

noun
1.
something causing superstitious fear; a bogy.
2.
a mischievous .
3.
(initial capital letter) (def 1).
/ˌhɒbˈɡɒblɪn/
noun
1.
an evil or mischievous goblin
2.
a bogey; bugbear
n.

1520s, from hob “elf,” from Hobbe, a variant of Rob (cf. Hick for Richard, Hodge for Rodger, etc.), short for Robin Goodfellow, elf character in German folklore, + goblin.

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