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

With the Orioles shifting him to pull the ball to the right side, Lowe cued a 55.3 mph grounder through the left side for a leadoff single, hobbling to first, then exiting the game. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, "New starter Asher Wojciechowski effective, but Orioles strike out 16 times in 6-3 loss to Rays," 2 July 2019 Things cooled down as BC ended the regular season on a three-game skid, during which time running back sensation AJ Dillon was hobbled and not as effective. Chaunte'l Powell, orlandosentinel.com, "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 57 Boston College tries to push through seven-win ceiling," 30 June 2019 Last year, Tate adjusted to a new head coach (Kevin Sumlin), new coordinator and position coach (Noel Mazzone) and was hobbled with a bad ankle. Brian Howell, The Denver Post, "Pac-12 college football preview 2019: Talented quarterbacks to spark teams," 26 June 2019 So Smith hobbled to the mound like a wounded crab and threw a round-house right at the pitcher. Scott Harrison, latimes.com, "From the Archives: 1977 Father’s Day melee at Dodger Stadium," 14 June 2019 As Mitich discovered that he was shot, a passerby helped him hobble to a nearby office building, where a security guard let them in. Fox News, "Jacksonville Landing shooting survivor tells story, files lawsuit," 30 Aug. 2018 Clutch on crutches: Senior forward Aundre Jackson hobbled to the stage on crutches to deliver a speech thanking fans and teammates. Shannon Ryan, chicagotribune.com, "Porter Moser reminisces on Loyola's season as contract extension talks lingers," 20 Apr. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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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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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