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hobgoblin

noun

1 hobgoblin

folklore A small grotesque supernatural creature that makes trouble for human beings.

synonyms: goblin, hob.

Roget 860: fear, timidity, diffidence, want of confidence; apprehensiveness, fearfulness etc. adj.; solicitude, anxiety, care, apprehension, misgiving; feeze [U.S.]; ... show more

Dutch: aardmannetje, hobgoblin, kobold
Polish: goblin



2 hobgoblin

An object of dread or apprehension:
— A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.

synonym: bugbear.


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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