[ hob-uhl ]
/ ˈhɒb əl /

verb (used without object), hob·bled, hob·bling.

to walk lamely; limp.
to proceed irregularly and haltingly: His verses hobble with their faulty meters.

verb (used with object), hob·bled, hob·bling.


Origin of hobble

1300–50; Middle English hobelen, apparently akin to hob protuberance, uneven ground, and to Dutch hobbelen, German hoppeln to jolt

Related forms

hob·bler, nounun·hob·bled, adjectiveun·hob·bling, adjective
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/ (ˈhɒbəl) /



Also (for senses 2, 5): hopple

Derived Forms

hobbler, noun

Word Origin for hobble

C14: probably from Low German; compare Flemish hoppelen, Middle Dutch hobbelen to stammer
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