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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ And what of hobgoblins, gnomes and the little people of Ireland?
▪ As a child, I was treated as the school hobgoblin.
▪ How do we know that dwarves or goblins or hobgoblins, that kind of thing, didn't really live here?
▪ Ill-treated hobgoblins can cause strife and discord, though, souring milk, tangling clothes and muddying floors for spite.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Hobgoblin \Hob"gob`lin\, n. [See 2d Hob, and Goblin.] A frightful goblin; an imp; a bugaboo; also, a name formerly given to the household spirit, Robin Goodfellow.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1520s, from hob "elf," from Hobbe, a variant of Rob (compare Hick for Richard, Hodge for Rodger, etc.), short for Robin Goodfellow, elf character in German folklore, + goblin.


n. 1 A small, ugly goblin that makes trouble for humans. 2 (context by extension English) A source of dread, fear or apprehension; a bugbear.

  1. n. (folklore) a small grotesque supernatural creature that makes trouble for human beings [syn: goblin, hob]

  2. an object of dread or apprehension; "Germany was always a bugbear for France"; "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds"--Ralph Waldo Emerson [syn: bugbear]

Hobgoblin (disambiguation)

Hobgoblin may be:

  • Hobgoblin, a type of fairy or monster Hobgoblin (Dungeons & Dragons), an adaptation of that monster for the D&D role-playing game
  • Hobgoblin (comics), a comic book super-villain in the Marvel Comics universe, and an enemy of Spider-Man The Hobgoblin (Spider-Man), an episode of Spider-Man: The animated series, featuring Marvel Comics' Hobgoblin as the villain
  • Hobgoblin (beer), a type of beer manufactured by the UK-based Wychwood Brewery
  • Hobgoblin (novel), a pseudo-fantasy novel by John Coyne
  • Hobgoblins (film), a B-movie made infamous on Mystery Science Theater 3000.
  • The Hobgoblin (1990 film), alternate title for the movie Quest for the Mighty Sword
  • Hobgoblin Music, a musical instrument company with branches in the UK
  • Þursaflokkurinn, an Icelandic progressive rock group the name of which means "The Hobgoblins" in English
Hobgoblin (comics)

The Hobgoblin is the alias of several fictional supervillains appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The first Hobgoblin, Roderick Kingsley, first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #238, and was created by Roger Stern and John Romita, Jr. During the late 1980s and most of the 1990s, the Hobgoblin identity was carried exclusively by Jason Macendale instead. In 2009 the Hobgoblin was ranked by IGN as the 57th greatest comic book villain.


Hobgoblin is a term typically applied in folktales to describe a mischievous spirit. Shakespeare identifies the character of Puck in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream as a hobgoblin.

Hobgoblin (Imperial Guard)

Hobgoblin is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Hobgoblin (Dungeons & Dragons)

In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy roleplaying game, hobgoblins are a larger, stronger, smarter and more menacing form of goblins. They are smaller and weaker than bugbears, but better organized. Hobgoblins are humanoids that stand nearly 6'6" tall on average, a little taller than orcs. Smarter than other goblinoid races, they are renowned for their brutality and military skill.

By contrast, hobgoblins in folklore are usually benevolent or merely mischievous.

Hobgoblin (novel)

Hobgoblin by John Coyne is a 1981 horror novel about Scott Gardiner, a teenaged boy who becomes obsessed with Hobgoblin, a fantasy roleplaying game based on Irish mythology, as his life in the game and in reality slowly blend.

Usage examples of "hobgoblin".

The hobgoblin stretched to its full height of nearly seven feet, taking a deep breath to throw out its chest.

The drow looked down at the hobgoblin tribe and appreciated the way they had thrown themselves down to the ground.

Krystarn stepped forward, over the edge of the sheer ridge, and stood on empty air looking down at the hobgoblin tribe.

The hobgoblin chieftain blocked her blow, then launched a kick at her face.

New weapons that are made of polished steel to fire the heart of any hobgoblin who call himself a warrior.

The hobgoblin chieftain passed the gems back to a subchieftain, who made them quickly disappear.

Having the hobgoblin push the bargain so hard only meant he believed he had her at a disadvantage.

Chomack, because as a hobgoblin you are not quite the antithesis of a human, as is such a wide-spread belief.

What she said was a lie, but the drow knew the hobgoblin chieftain would be too afraid of her power to disbelieve.

When she arrived on the trail, she glanced back down at the hobgoblin tribe, finding them suitably impressed.

She had her own agenda to pursue, and the hobgoblin army under Chomack was awaiting her word, still totally unknown to Shallowsoul.

A moment later, the image cleared, showing the hobgoblin chieftain and his tribe.

The hobgoblin chieftain looked up, not quite finding her gaze with his own.

Krystarn felt a stab of fear as she rounded the final corner and came face to face with the hobgoblin horde.

Despite the fear she had put into Chomack, she knew there was the possibility that the hobgoblin chieftain could have figured to put her powers to the test.