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#8: Hobbledehoy

Definition:

an awkward, gawky young man

About the word:

Hobbledehoy rhymes with boy: that's an easy way to remember whom this 16th century term insults. Its origin is unknown, although theories about its ancestry include hobble and hob (a term for "a clownish lout").

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