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hobble

[ hob-uhl ]
/ ˈhɒb əl /
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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.

noun

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Origin of hobble

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

OTHER WORDS FROM hobble

hobbler, nounun·hob·bled, adjectiveun·hob·bling, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hobble

hobble
/ (ˈhɒbəl) /

verb

noun

Also (for senses 2, 5): hopple

Derived forms of hobble

hobbler, noun

Word Origin for hobble

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