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[hob-gob-lin] /ˈhɒbˌgɒb lɪn/

something causing superstitious fear; a bogy.
a mischievous .
(initial capital letter) (def 1).
an evil or mischievous goblin
a bogey; bugbear

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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