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hobble

verb hob·ble \ ˈhä-bəl \
Updated on: 18 Apr 2018

Definition of hobble

hobbled; hobbling play \ˈhä-b(ə-)liŋ\
: to move along unsteadily or with difficulty; especially : to limp along
1 : to cause to limp : make lame : cripple
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[probably alteration of hopple to hobble]
a : to fasten together the legs of (an animal, such as a horse) to prevent straying : fetter
b : to place under handicap : hamper, impede

hobbler

play \ˈhä-b(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of hobble in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of hobble

Middle English hoblen; akin to Middle Dutch hobbelen to turn, roll

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hobble

noun

Definition of hobble

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

First Known Use of hobble

1726

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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HOBBLE Defined for English Language Learners

hobble

Definition of hobble for English Language Learners

  • : 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


HOBBLE Defined for Kids

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hobble

verb hob·ble \ ˈhä-bəl \

Definition of hobble for Students

hobbled; hobbling
: to walk slowly and with difficulty

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hobble

noun

Definition of hobble for Students

: a slow and difficult way of walking

Medical Dictionary

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hobble

verb hob·ble \ ˈhäb-əl \

medical Definition of hobble

hobbled; hobbling play \-(ə-)liŋ\
: to move along unsteadily or with difficulty; especially : to limp along
1 : to cause to limp : make lame : cripple
2 : to fasten together the legs of (as a horse) to prevent straying

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hobble

noun

medical Definition of hobble

: something used to hobble an animal


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