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

Unfortunately for Fiorentina though, come the 68th minute, Ribery looked f**ked too, as the French veteran hobbled off after over-stretching when flying into a tackle. SI.com, "Twitter Reacts as Hapless Juventus Steal a Point Off of Franck Ribery-Led Fiorentina," 14 Sep. 2019 Nadal has often complained that hard courts have hobbled his knees, that too many tournaments are played on the surface. Gerald Marzorati, The New Yorker, "Rafael Nadal Defeats Daniil Medvedev in the Best U.S. Open Men’s Final of This Century," 9 Sep. 2019 Injuries were a central issue, especially to running back Bryce Love, the 2017 Heisman Trophy runner-up, who was hobbled all season. Jeff Faraudo, The Mercury News, "Stanford football: Nine victories last season wasn’t good enough for the Cardinal," 30 July 2019 But Collins said that with a $320,000 mortgage on the 2.28 acres, Dunham was hobbled in terms of realizing its goal of creating a new central park for Midtown. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Foundation plans to relocate from Playhouse Square to Midtown, despite legal tussle over site," 28 June 2019 And that straight jacket has hobbled the country’s economic ambitions since the 2008 financial crisis. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Italy Won the 2026 Winter Olympics Bid. Here’s Why That Could Be Trouble," 26 June 2019 That means that lots of websites that previously served hobbled mobile versions of their sites will now serve their full desktop versions. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "iPadOS public beta preview: worthy of the new name," 24 June 2019 But Fed officials reversed course and downgraded their rate hike plans after stocks plunged amid worries that the trade war and slowing global economy would hobble U.S. growth. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Fed stands pat on rates, signals it's prepared to cut if trade war intensifies," 1 May 2019 Ronaldo hobbled off in the first half with an apparent right hamstring injury in Portugal’s 1-1 draw with Serbia in Lisbon, which came three days after the titleholder’s 0-0 draw with Ukraine also at home. Steve Douglas, The Seattle Times, "Ronaldo injured for Portugal; big wins for France, England," 25 Mar. 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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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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