hobbledehoy

[ hob-uh l-dee-hoi ]
/ ˈhɒb əl diˌhɔɪ /

noun

an awkward, ungainly youth.

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Origin of hobbledehoy

1530–40; variant of hoberdyhoy, alliterative compound, equivalent to hoberd (variant of Roberd Robert) + -y2 + -hoy for boy (b > h for alliteration; see hob2)

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British Dictionary definitions for hobbledehoy

hobbledehoy
/ (ˌhɒbəldɪˈhɔɪ) /

noun

archaic, or dialect a clumsy or bad-mannered youth

Word Origin for hobbledehoy

C16: from earlier hobbard de hoy, of uncertain origin
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