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?
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.