What does the word hobgoblin mean?

Usage examples for hobgoblin

  1. I am not a hobgoblin, though I may pose as one now and then. – Fernley House by Laura E. Richards
  2. As neither of the sentries felt at liberty to mention the occurrence until the assistant scout master gave permission, the balance of the scouts ate their breakfast, and joked each other, in blissful ignorance of the fact that the camp had again been visited by a hobgoblin, and that this time not only the superstitious Chatz but another had actually seen the misty intruder! – Camp Fires of the Wolf Patrol by Alan Douglas
  3. At length vpon his feete he gets, Hobgoblin fumes, Hobgoblin frets, 450 And as againe he forward sets, And through the Bushes scrambles; A Stump doth trip him in his pace, Down comes poore Hob vpon his face, And lamentably tore his case, Amongst the Bryers and Brambles. – Minor Poems of Michael Drayton by Michael Drayton