hobgoblin(redirected from Hobgoblin (fairy))
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1. An ugly, mischievous elf or goblin.
2. An object or a source of fear, dread, or harassment; a bugbear: "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds" (Ralph Waldo Emerson).
1. (European Myth & Legend) an evil or mischievous goblin
2. (European Myth & Legend) a bogey; bugbear
[C16: from hob2 + goblin]
1. something causing superstitious fear; bogy.
2. a mischievous goblin.
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|Noun||1.||hobgoblin - (folklore) a small grotesque supernatural creature that makes trouble for human beings|
folklore - the unwritten lore (stories and proverbs and riddles and songs) of a culture
evil spirit - a spirit tending to cause harm
|2.||hobgoblin - an object of dread or apprehension; "Germany was always a bugbear for France"; "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds"--Ralph Waldo Emerson|
object - the focus of cognitions or feelings; "objects of thought"; "the object of my affection"