hob


hob
   In the north of England and some Midlands counties, hob was the most common name for rough, hairy creatures of the brownie type, whose work brought prosperity to farms; like brownies, they might become mischievous nuisances if annoyed, and would leave for ever if given new clothes. On the other hand, it might prove impossible to get rid of a troublesome hob (Henderson, 1866: 228; Atkinson, 1891: 54-5). There were also outdoor hobs, notably one living in a cave called the Hobhole in Runswick Bay, supposed able to cure whooping cough (Wright, 1913: 202).
   There is no special significance to the name; it is a common medieval shortening of 'Robert' or 'Robin', often implying 'country bumpkin, stupid peasant'. The first record of it being used of a supernatural being is from 1460; the compounds hobgoblin and
   hobthrush appear in the following century.
   ■ For discussion of this and related words, see Briggs, 1976: 222-3; and Gillian Edwards, Hobgoblin and Sweet Puck (1974), 123-42.

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