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Hob·bit

 (hŏb′ĭt)
n.
Homo floresiensis.

[From Hobbit, a trademarked name for a member of a race of humanlike creatures about three feet tall that appear in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.]

hobbit

(ˈhɒbɪt)
n
1. (European Myth & Legend) one of an imaginary race of half-size people living in holes
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) a nickname used for a very small type of primitive human, Homo floresiensis, following the discovery of remains of eight such people on the Island of Flores, Indonesia, in 2004
[C20: coined by J. R. R. Tolkien, with the meaning 'hole-builder']
ˈhobbitry n
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Noun1.hobbit - an imaginary being similar to a person but smaller and with hairy feethobbit - an imaginary being similar to a person but smaller and with hairy feet; invented by J.R.R. Tolkien
imaginary being, imaginary creature - a creature of the imagination; a person that exists only in legends or myths or fiction
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References in periodicals archive ?
7) What this implies, then, is that tunnels and underground spaces function very ambiguously in The Hobbit: on the one hand, Bilbo's residence in the Shire is a tunnel, which is associated with coziness and comfort ("Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort" [I:9]), whereas on the other hand most challenges Bilbo and company face in their quest occur in dark, confined, and perilous spaces.
Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.
By marking Bilbo's door with the sign of a burglar, Gandalf not only takes Bilbo's name as that which marks him a quiet, respectable hobbit who lives in a comfortable hobbit-hole where his unconscious life may live at peace within the walls of his personal mythology.