hobble

[ 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.

noun


Nearby words

  1. hobbes, thomas,
  2. hobbesian,
  3. hobbism,
  4. hobbit,
  5. hobbits,
  6. hobble skirt,
  7. hobblebush,
  8. hobbledehoy,
  9. hobbs,
  10. hobby

Origin of hobble

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

Related formshob·bler, nounun·hob·bled, adjectiveun·hob·bling, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for hobbling

hobble

/ (ˈhɒbəl) /

verb

noun

Also (for senses 2, 5): hopple

Derived Formshobbler, noun

Word Origin for hobble

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

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Word Origin and History for hobbling

hobble

v.

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.

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