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hobgoblin (n.)

1520s, from hob "elf," from Hobbe, a variant of Rob (see Hob), short for Robin Goodfellow, elf character in German folklore, + goblin. Mischievous sprite, hence "something that causes fear or disquiet" (1709).

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Definitions of hobgoblin from WordNet

hobgoblin (n.)
(folklore) a small grotesque supernatural creature that makes trouble for human beings;
Synonyms: goblin / hob
hobgoblin (n.)
an object of dread or apprehension; "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds"--Ralph Waldo Emerson;
Synonyms: bugbear
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