hobgoblin definition

  • noun:
    • An ugly, mischievous elf or goblin.
    • An object or a source of fear, dread, or harassment; a bugbear: "A foolish persistence is the hobgoblin of small thoughts” ( Ralph Waldo Emerson).
    • a little, unsightly goblin which makes difficulty for people
    • A source of fear, concern or apprehension; a bugbear.
    • A frightful goblin; an imp; a bugaboo; additionally, a name formerly fond of the household nature, Robin Goodfellow.
    • A mischievous imp or sprite; an alarming apparition; therefore, something that triggers worry or disquiet.
    • (folklore) a tiny grotesque supernatural creature that makes trouble for human beings
    • an object of fear or apprehension

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