folklore A small grotesque supernatural creature that makes trouble for human beings.
Dutch: aardmannetje, hobgoblin, kobold
An object of dread or apprehension:
— A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.
Moby thesaurus: Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolf-man, bogey, bogeyman, bugaboo, bugbear, fee-faw-fum, frightener, ghost, ghoul, goblin, hob, holy terror, horror, incubus, monster, nightmare, ogre, ogress ... show more.
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