Simple Definition of hobble
: to walk with difficulty because of injury or weakness
: to slow the movement, progress, or action of (someone or something)
: to keep (an animal) from straying or wandering by tying two legs together
Full Definition of hobble
hob·bledhob·bling play \-b(ə-)liŋ\
: to move along unsteadily or with difficulty; especially : to limp along
1 : to cause to limp : make lame : cripple
Examples of hobble
She picked up her cane and hobbled across the room.
She is sometimes hobbled by self-doubt.
He has been hobbled by a knee injury.
Origin of hobble
Middle English hoblen; akin to Middle Dutch hobbelen to turn, roll
First Known Use: 14th century
Definition of hobble
1 : a hobbling movement
2 archaic : an awkward situation
3 : something used to hobble an animal
First Known Use of hobble
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