Middle English Dictionary Entry

Hob(be n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

1.
(a) A familiar form of the name Robert; also, as generic proper name for one of the common class; -- used with John, Jack; (b) a person of common birth;(c) ?a hobgoblin; ~ over the wal; (d) in surnames.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • 1483 Cath.Angl.(Monson 168)387 : Hobb Trusse: prepes, negocius.
  • Note: New sense
    Note: Cp. thurs(e n. (a)