HOBGOBLINS

hobgoblin

[hob-gob-lin]

Origin:
1520–30; hob2 + goblin

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Puck

[puhk]
noun
1.
Also called Hobgoblin, Robin Goodfellow. a particularly mischievous sprite in English folklore who appears as a character in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's dream.
2.
(lowercase) a malicious or mischievous demon or spirit; a goblin.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English pouke, Old English pūca; cognate with Old Norse pūki a mischievous demon

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

puck1 (pʌk)
 
n
1.  a small disc of hard rubber used in ice hockey
2.  a stroke at the ball in hurling
3.  slang (Irish) a sharp blow
 
vb
4.  to strike (the ball) in hurling
5.  slang (Irish) to strike hard; punch
 
[C19: of unknown origin]

puck2 (pʌk)
 
n
(often capital) Also called: Robin Goodfellow a mischievous or evil spirit
 
[Old English pūca, of obscure origin]
 
'puckish2
 
adj

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puck
"hockey disk," 1891, possibly from puck (v.) "to hit, strike" (1861), which perhaps is related to poke via notion of "push." Another suggestion traces the noun to Ir. poc "bag." Puckster headlinese for "ice hockey player" is attested from 1939.

Puck
"mischievous fairy" (in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"), probably from pouke "devil, evil spirit" (c.1300), from O.E. puca, cognate with O.N. puki "devil," of unknown origin (cf. pug). Capitalized since 16c. His disguised name was Robin Goodfellow.

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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