In African folklore, a mischievous and lascivious hairy dwarf.
Reputed to delight in causing pain and mischief, the tokoloshe is thwarted by ladders and unable to climb. Hence the use of raised sleeping platform to protect sleepers.
Tokoloshe is sometimes used as a pejorative term for a small man of African origin and furtive character.
"Have you seen the new security guard? Such a tokoloshe!"