hobgoblin

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hob·gob·lin

 (hŏb′gŏb′lĭn)
n.
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).

hobgoblin

(ˌhɒbˈɡɒblɪn)
n
1. (European Myth & Legend) an evil or mischievous goblin
2. (European Myth & Legend) a bogey; bugbear
[C16: from hob2 + goblin]

hob•gob•lin

(ˈhɒbˌgɒb lɪn)

n.
1. something causing superstitious fear; bogy.
2. a mischievous goblin.
[1520–30; hob2 + goblin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hobgoblin - (folklore) a small grotesque supernatural creature that makes trouble for human beingshobgoblin - (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"
Translations

hobgoblin

[ˈhɒbˌgɒblɪn] Nduende m, trasgo m

hobgoblin

nKobold m, → Butzemann m; (= bogey)schwarzer Mann, Butzemann m