A hobgoblin, a benevolent sprite or fairy; a brownie. They are industrious, yet mischievous imps, and haunted dwellings. The diminutive form lubberkin is also found. The ancient lubber-fiend of Rayscar and Inskip at times kindly housed the grain, collected horses and got them ready for the market; at other times however, he played the most mischievous pranks.
- Wright, J. (1902). The English dialect dictionary. Vol. 3. London: H. Frowde.