verb (used without object), hob·bled, hob·bling.
verb (used with object), hob·bled, hob·bling.
Origin of hobble
Examples from the Web for hobble
This, more than any one scandal, is likely to hobble the party for the next few election cycles.Paging Rose Mary Woods: Obama’s Unbelievable Missing IRS Emails|James Poulos|June 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A few days before, she had managed to stand and hobble around the ward.
Just the distraction that this kind of case creates can hobble even the most successful, well-run company.
But they did not hobble far, for the voice of the Baron was heard in angry expostulation.The Joyous Story of Toto|Laura E. Richards
McNeil was on his feet and impatient to leave before Ashe was able to hobble well enough to travel.The Time Traders|Andre Norton
Webb, his ankle injured, was trying to hobble toward a corn field just beyond the railroad right of way.Signal in the Dark|Mildred A. Wirt
She fanned herself steadily as she watched the lanistas help Almo to hobble from the arena.The Unwilling Vestal|Edward Lucas White
But the Dandy took a hobble chain to the forge, and breaking the links asunder, welded them into smooth round rings.We of the Never-Never|Jeanie "Mrs. Aeneas" Gunn
British Dictionary definitions for hobble
Word Origin for hobble
Word Origin and History for 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.