- an awkward, ungainly youth.
Origin of hobbledehoy
Examples from the Web for hobbledehoy
But what I can't understand is why you should be so sorry for a hobbledehoy like that.Pelle the Conqueror, Complete
Martin Anderson Nexo
Janice, however, never lost her temper with this hobbledehoy cousin.Janice Day
Helen Beecher Long
"Tas the way with them foweners," said the first hobbledehoy sagely.The Wonderful Visit
Herbert George Wells
Aye, and have ever since she was in pinafores, and I a hobbledehoy in Master Wytheby's school.The Master of Appleby
A man rarely carries his shyness past the hobbledehoy period.Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow
Jerome K. Jerome
- archaic, or dialect a clumsy or bad-mannered youth
Word Origin and History for hobbledehoy
"clumsy or awkward youth," 1530s, of uncertain origin and the subject of much discussion. First element is probably hob in its sense of "clown, prankster" (see hobgoblin), the second element perhaps is Middle French de haye "worthless, untamed, wild," literally "of the hedge."