He greeted her effusively, with a comical mixture of hobbledehoy clumsiness and imperial dignity.
"Tas the way with them foweners," said the first hobbledehoy sagely.
I never heard such a thing—giving such a hobbledehoy native of this place such an introduction to me as he did.
A man rarely carries his shyness past the hobbledehoy period.
The hobbledehoy plucked his lighted pipe out of his pocket and set his thumb in the bowl.
Your hobbledehoy tree of twenty-five years' standing is neither so beautiful as in its infancy, nor so respectable as in its age.
The improvement in Fred, from the hobbledehoy of twelve years before, would have been remarked by anybody.
"The hobbledehoy" was wholly unlike anything which had been seen hitherto in Russian literature.
Janice, however, never lost her temper with this hobbledehoy cousin.
At fourteen and a quarter Gwen Gascoyne was at a particularly difficult and hobbledehoy stage of her development.
"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."