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Hobgobʹlin

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Puck or Robin Good-fellow. Keightley thinks it a corruption of Rob-Goblini.e. the goblin Robin, just as Hodge is the nickname of Roger, which seems to agree with the subjoined quotation:

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“Those that Hobgoblin call you, and sweet Puck,

You do their work, and they shall have good luck.”


Shakespeare: Midsummer Night’s Dream, ii. 1.

Hob is certainly sometimes used for a sprite or fairy, as a hob-lanterni.e. an ignis fatuus or fairy-lantern, but this may mean a “Puck-lantern” or “Robin Goodfellow-lantern.”

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Hob
Hob and Nob
Hobbema
Hobbididance
Hobbinol
Hobbism
Hobbler
Hobby
Hobby-horse
Hobedy-hoig
Hobgoblin
Hobinol
Hoblers or Hovellers
Hobnail
Hob Nob
Hob’s Pound
Hobson’s Choice
Hock
Hock Cart
Hock-day or Hock Tuesday
Hockey

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