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Meaning of HOBGOBLIN

Pronunciation:  'hâb`gâblin

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  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
  2. [n]  (folklore) a small grotesque supernatural creature that makes trouble for human beings

HOBGOBLIN is a 9 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: bugbear, goblin, hob
 See Also: evil spirit, object



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Hob"gob`lin\, n. [See 2d Hob, and {Goblin}.]
A frightful goblin; an imp; a bugaboo; also, a name formerly
given to the household spirit, Robin Goodfellow. --Macaulay.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: bogey, bogeyman, bugaboo, bugbear, Dracula, fee-faw-fum, Frankenstein, frightener, ghost, ghoul, goblin, hob, holy terror, horror, incubus, monster, nightmare, ogre, ogress, ouphe, phantom, revenant, scarebabe, scarecrow, scarer, specter, succubus, terror, vampire, werewolf, Wolf-man