hobble

verb
hob·​ble | \ ˈhä-bəl How to pronounce hobble (audio) \
hobbled; hobbling\ ˈhä-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce hobble (audio) \

Definition of hobble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to move along unsteadily or with difficulty especially : to limp along

transitive verb

1 : to cause to limp : make lame : cripple
2 [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

hobble

noun

Definition of hobble (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Verb

hobbler \ ˈhä-​b(ə-​)lər How to pronounce hobble (audio) \ noun

Examples of hobble in a Sentence

Verb 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb China's foreign minister, Wang Yi, warned Kerry on Wednesday that antagonism from the U.S. on those and other fronts could hobble climate cooperation. Arkansas Online, 3 Sep. 2021 On Wednesday, China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, warned Kerry that antagonism from the United States on those and other fronts could hobble climate cooperation. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Sep. 2021 Although the implosion of Mozilo’s Countrywide Financial helped hobble the international economy, hundreds of thousands of homeowners still get loans each year thanks to collateralized-debt obligations and subprime mortgages. Charles Duhigg, The New Yorker, 31 May 2021 On Monday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott used the statistic to blast Democrats who left the state to hobble efforts to pass new voting restrictions. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 20 July 2021 The challenges also threaten to hobble the rebound for regions reliant on summer tourism. Lauren Weber, WSJ, 25 June 2021 But lately those areas are drawing attention for all the wrong reasons, threatening to hobble one of the company's most profitable revenue sources. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, 27 Apr. 2021 If Russia doesn’t follow through on reigning in the hacks operating in its borders, the Biden Administration has various levers to pull, including additional economic sanctions and offensive hacks that can hobble the networks the hackers are using. Brian Bennett, Time, 9 July 2021 The lesson here is that even coming out of a recession, when employment should surge, policy matters -- and bad policy can easily hobble an economic recovery. Arkansas Online, 10 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The department is replacing the hobble with a device that doesn't allow legs to be bent backwards. NBC News, 24 May 2021 Another potential reason not to use the hobble was that the officers had called for paramedics. Steve Karnowski, Star Tribune, 6 Apr. 2021 The woman was placed in a soft restraint hobble, which controls a person’s ankles and can be connected to a waist chain or belt. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, 17 July 2020 Aurora police policy states that using a hobble on someone increases the risk for medical complications, including positional asphyxia. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, 17 July 2020 The officers then connected the hobble to the girl’s handcuffs, forcing her into a sitting position, according to the lawsuit. Shelly Bradbury, The Denver Post, 10 Dec. 2019 The good news is that nothing was fractured, though, so Austin is currently exploring downtown Nanjing at a steady hobble, sans crutches or boot. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, 14 June 2019 At last, Isaac had broken into a run on his aching legs, and reached the hotel in an exhausted hobble. Adam O’fallon Price, Harper's magazine, 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of hobble

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1726, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hobble

Verb

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

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The first known use of hobble was in the 14th century

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8 Sep 2021

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“Hobble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hobble. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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hobble

verb

English Language Learners 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

hobble

verb
hob·​ble | \ ˈhä-bəl How to pronounce hobble (audio) \
hobbled; hobbling

Kids Definition of hobble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to walk slowly and with difficulty

hobble

noun

Kids Definition of hobble (Entry 2 of 2)

: a slow and difficult way of walking

hobble

verb
hob·​ble | \ ˈhäb-əl How to pronounce hobble (audio) \
hobbled; hobbling\ -​(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce hobble (audio) \

Medical Definition of hobble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to move along unsteadily or with difficulty especially : to limp along

transitive verb

1 : to cause to limp : make lame : cripple
2 : to fasten together the legs of (as a horse) to prevent straying

hobble

noun

Medical Definition of hobble (Entry 2 of 2)

: something used to hobble an animal

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