hobble

verb
hob·​ble | \ ˈhä-bəl How to pronounce hobble (audio) \
hobbled; hobbling\ ˈhä-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce hobbling (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 hobbler (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 But that streaming service's launch was immediately hobbled with device restrictions, pricing confusion, and a terribly limited (and closed) games library. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "RIP Stadia? Nvidia’s newly launched cloud-gaming service is (mostly) a stunner," 4 Feb. 2020 If China’s factories are hobbled by additional restrictions on transportation that limit factory production, that could become a global event. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "China’s Coronavirus Has Revived Global Economic Fears," 27 Jan. 2020 Last month the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicle operations was hobbled by a cyberattack. USA TODAY, "Antique fruitcake, polite porch pirate, trashed beer: News from around our 50 states," 16 Dec. 2019 The Warriors are hobbled, missing superstars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson because of injuries. Lamond Pope, chicagotribune.com, "Bulls guard Coby White finding other ways to contribute as his scoring goes through rookie inconsistency," 5 Dec. 2019 Bullock was also hobbled by his late start, announcing his candidacy in May and joining nearly two dozen other Democratic candidates competing for attention and campaign donations. Arkansas Online, "Bullock becomes 3rd governor to drop presidential campaign," 2 Dec. 2019 The Colts are hobbled on offense with tight end Eric Ebron and running back Marlon Mack each out with injuries. oregonlive, "Tennessee Titans vs Indianapolis Colts: Live score updates, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online," 1 Dec. 2019 The Molokai Express, a Hawaiian-style pizza, was hobbled from the start by a crust with edges like saltine crackers, even if the fried Spam and pineapple worked their salty-sweet alchemy with style. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: Conroy’s Bar & Grill gets a global buzz going at its Stone Oak restaurant," 21 Nov. 2019 Both the central and local bureaucracies are hobbled by corruption, inertia and conflicting regulations. The Economist, "Indonesian politicians are giving the armed forces a big role in government," 31 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "Lawsuit alleges Broomfield police mistreated disabled girl during arrest after fight," 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, "Out of the Darkness: Isaiah Austin Searches for Peace Without the NBA," 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, "The Maid’s Story," 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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Time Traveler for hobble

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

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Last Updated

20 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hobble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hobble. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for hobble

hobble

verb
How to pronounce hobble (audio)

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 hobbling (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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