Hardly able to hobble into the room on his bruised and engorged feet, he sported black eyes.
Just the distraction that this kind of case creates can hobble even the most successful, well-run company.
This, more than any one scandal, is likely to hobble the party for the next few election cycles.
A few days before, she had managed to stand and hobble around the ward.
Since he had begun to hobble about, he had gradually come to be accepted by the town in general.
Johnny started to hobble down the porch steps when Barney stopped him.
The poor vagabond must hobble through life on one leg, henceforward.
With two sticks, I can hobble about the house and garden; without them, behold me a fixture.
She objects to modern dancing, especially the hobble skirts.
Is it the first time that I have thrust myself into a hobble?
c.1300, hoblen "to rock back and forth, toss up and down," probably related to its Dutch cognate hobbelen (which, however, is not recorded before late 15c.).
Meaning "to walk lamely" is from c.1400. Transitive sense of "tie the legs (of an animal)" first recorded 1831, probably an alteration of 16c. hopple, cognate with Flemish hoppelen "to rock, jump," which also is related to Dutch hobbelen. Sense of "hamper, hinder" is c.1870. Related: Hobbled; hobbling. The noun is 1727, from the verb.