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Definition of hobgoblin noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

hobgoblin

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noun
BrE BrE//hɒbˈɡɒblɪn//
 
, BrE//ˈhɒbɡɒblɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːbɡɑːblɪn//
 
 
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(in stories) a small ugly creature that likes to trick people or cause trouble Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from hob ‘sprite or hobgoblin’ + goblin.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hobgoblin