verb hob·ble \ˈhä-bəl\

: 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

hob·bledhob·bling \-b(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of HOBBLE

intransitive verb
:  to move along unsteadily or with difficulty; especially :  to limp along
transitive verb
:  to cause to limp :  make lame :  cripple
[probably alteration of hopple to hobble]
a :  to fasten together the legs of (as a horse) to prevent straying :  fetter
b :  to place under handicap :  hamper, impede
hob·bler \-b(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of HOBBLE

  1. She picked up her cane and hobbled across the room.
  2. She is sometimes hobbled by self-doubt.
  3. 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

Rhymes with HOBBLE



Definition of HOBBLE

:  a hobbling movement
archaic :  an awkward situation
:  something used to hobble an animal

First Known Use of HOBBLE


Rhymes with HOBBLE


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