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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Why Uber and Lyft are filing for IPO Uber and Lyft are credited with completely changing transit by causing car sales to decline, hobbling the yellow cab industry, and acting as replacements for major modes of transportation. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Uber and Lyft are racing each other to go public. Here’s why.," 12 Dec. 2018 The hobbling man in the beat-up overcoat failing to scale a fence doesn’t look much like a hero. Benji Wilson, USA TODAY, "J.K. Rowling on the 'unnerving' challenge of adapting her CB Strike detective novels for TV," 31 May 2018 Years of international sanctions against Moscow have hobbled domestic companies and business tycoons and helped push Russia’s economy into recession. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Russian Lawyers Find Lucrative Niche Counseling Clients Hit by Sanctions," 15 Dec. 2018 Compared to cyberattacks that shut down entire electric grids in the Ukraine and a ransomware virus that hobbled services in Atlanta for days, the natural gas industry has avoided any attacks causing a halt in services. Don Santa, Houston Chronicle, "Commentary: Administration’s action on coal, nuclear solves a problem that doesn’t exist," 5 July 2018 Some Florida Republican leaders had expressed concern to the White House that Mr. DeSantis has taken votes, affecting popular programs like Medicare, that could hobble him in November. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Trump, Doling Out Endorsements, Embraces Former Critic in Alabama Race," 22 June 2018 The challengers say that Erdogan is hobbling the country by sparring with the European Union and NATO, and making moves that tanked the Turkish currency. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The quest to defeat Erdogan," 19 June 2018 George Hill, looking recovered from an achy back that hobbled him earlier this postseason, attacked the Raptors from the opening tip. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers give LeBron James plenty of help in four-game sweep of Toronto Raptors," 7 May 2018 Democrats fear that a new deputy attorney general could hobble the investigation without ending it, a move that could create havoc ahead of the midterm elections. Author: Katie Benner, Nicholas Fandos, Anchorage Daily News, "Justice Department won’t be extorted, Rosenstein warns Republicans," 2 May 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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Dictionary Entries near hobble

hobbil

Hobbism

hobbit

hobble

hobblebush

hobbledehoy

hobble out

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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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