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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Other Words from hobble

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

America can hobble Chinese tech giants by stopping American firms from selling them components such as semiconductors. The Economist, "Rare earths give China leverage in the trade war, at a cost," 15 June 2019 Andre Iguodala was gassed from the jump of this series, hobbled by a calf injury and a long NBA career. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: Warriors had the championship heart, just not the championship bodies," 13 June 2019 The crippling derailment of a Red Line car this week has refueled the debate over how to best fund a transit agency hobbled by years of neglect and decay. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "Baker says the T is heading in the ‘right direction.’ To critics, that’s ‘a little bit baffling’," 12 June 2019 Withdrawing the waiver would hobble yet another of President Barack Obama's efforts to curb climate change. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Trump administration drafts plan to challenge California on auto emissions standards," 30 Apr. 2018 The loss of fees might hobble funding for those unions, who often support Democratic politicians. Matt Pearce, latimes.com, "Oklahoma teachers set a strike date, April 2, as educator unrest spreads across U.S.," 9 Mar. 2018 Howard and other state health officials have argued the state's overall efforts to stem the outbreak were hobbled more by logistical challenges of reaching drug users than money. Chris Kenning, The Courier-Journal, "Hepatitis A death toll in Kentucky reaches 58 in state's latest report," 5 June 2019 Advertising Gronkowski was hobbled by injuries last season and played just 13 games, and each ache raised constant questions about possible retirement. Dan Gelston, The Seattle Times, "Gronk unleashed: Gronkowski sets course for retirement fun," 25 Mar. 2019 Leadoff hitter Ender Inciarte appeared hobbled when hit on the foot by a pitch but had no trouble racing around to score when Ozzie Albies followed with a triple into the right-field corner. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 7, Braves 2: Jhoulys Chacín gives a weary bullpen some rest with 7 strong innings," 5 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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Hobbism

hobbit

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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 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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