hob-goblin

hobgoblin

[hob-gob-lin]
noun
1.
something causing superstitious fear; a bogy.
2.
a mischievous goblin.
3.
(initial capital letter) Puck ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1520–30; hob2 + goblin

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

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hobgoblin
1530, from hob "elf," from Hobbe, a variant of Rob (cf. Hick for Richard, Hodge for Rodger, etc.), short for Robin Goodfellow, elf character in Ger. folklore, + goblin.
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