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hobble

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verb hob·ble \ˈhä-bəl\

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\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to move along unsteadily or with difficulty; especially :  to limp along

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to cause to limp :  make lame :  cripple

  5. 2 [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 play \-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


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hobble

noun hob·ble

Definition of hobble

  1. 1 :  a hobbling movement

  2. 2 archaic :  an awkward situation

  3. 3 :  something used to hobble an animal



1726

First Known Use of hobble

1726



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