hobble

verb
hob·ble | \ˈhä-bəl \
hobbled; hobbling\ˈhä-b(ə-)liŋ \

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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Other Words from hobble

Verb

hobbler \ˈhä-b(ə-)lər \ 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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Willie is now on the mend, hobbling on his three strong legs while wearing a cone to keep him from chewing on the staples in his surgically repaired one, and Home Free has a promising lead on a new owner. Hillary Davis, latimes.com, "Coming to the rescue: Newport resident’s dog food company starts nonprofit to get homeless dogs veterinary care," 7 July 2018 And for four years, except for one Game 7 two years ago when Curry was hobbled, no amount of nose-punching has stopped the Warriors. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Cavaliers have a puncher’s chance in NBA Finals if they get physical," 5 June 2018 Known for its luxury waterfront communities such as The Sanctuary on Lake Wylie and The Point in Mooresville, Crescent filed for bankruptcy in 2009, hobbled by falling real estate prices and debt. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Why a major Charlotte developer is selling itself to a Japanese forestry company," 28 Apr. 2018 Ahrens, hobbled by a broken leg and cast, followed the clown outside. CBS News, "Can new DNA tests help police crack the "killer clown" cold case?," 21 Apr. 2018 Energy Services unit Latitude Technologies, which provides the communications system hobbled by the cyberattack, is a member of the North American Energy Standards Board, an industry group that helps set standards for the gas and power markets. Bloomberg.com, "IBM Vet Leads Company Behind Pipeline System Shut by Attack," 3 Apr. 2018 Many of their old training partners, hobbled by bad knees and arthritic hips, long ago hung up the running shoes for gentler workouts on the bike or elliptical machine. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit marathon 2017: These 4 runners make it 40 years in a row," 15 Oct. 2017 But its best efforts at legged bots remain hobbled by the need for significantly better batteries and mechanical joints that strike a better balance of strength, durability, and efficiency. Erik Sofge, Popular Mechanics, "The Golden Age of Walking Bots That Never Arrived," 25 Mar. 2016 That can continue to haunt them, hobbling efforts to find new places to live. Kevin Crowe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'He'll evict you in a minute.' Landlord quietly becomes a force in Milwaukee rental business...and eviction court," 13 July 2018

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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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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 \
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 \
hobbled; hobbling\-(ə-)liŋ \

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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