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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HOBGOBLIN

I hardly know what sort of creature or hobgoblin to call them.

Why, Clifton, you imagine that he's a hobgoblin—a sort of wild child of the Highlands.

The colonel eyed the wreck of the hobgoblin with satisfaction.

I am not a hobgoblin, though I may pose as one now and then.

It was really a fish; but it was also a hobgoblin, nightmare, and ooze-croaker!

It suggests a theatrical “property,” not the hobgoblin of old belief.

The hobgoblin is one of the widest-spread forms of fairy belief.

Why, were he demon or hobgoblin, he could not stand alone against many.

The second hobgoblin will be there, a mighty Ghost of valor.

May we not have the precise height of this hobgoblin, in inches and fractions?

WORD ORIGIN

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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR HOBGOBLIN

bogey

nounghost
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