verb (used without object), hob·bled, hob·bling.
verb (used with object), hob·bled, hob·bling.
- hobbes, thomas,
- hobble skirt,
Origin of hobble
Examples from the Web for hobbling
This time, Strike is hobbling all over London searching for Owen Quine, an author gone with no warning and no word for 10 days.Speed Read: J.K. Rowling Pens Another Winner With ‘The Silkworm’|Malcolm Jones|June 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The hobbling skirts and the exaggerated peplums and darts looked like the wild dreams of a woman … as envisioned by a man.Designing for the One Percent at New York Fashion Week|Robin Givhan|February 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
We'll keep weeding out the troublesome ones, keep fattening and hobbling the submissive ones.The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks|Max Brooks|January 14, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Sure enough, the tree-frog had taken alarm, and was hobbling away out of reach.The Cricket's Friends|Virginia W. Johnson
Alvino was hobbling about among the horses with his lantern.The Rustler of Wind River|G. W. Ogden
"I wish I could," he smiled, hobbling in and confronting her quietly in her own room.Initials Only|Anna Katharine Green
The two Indians who were free were hobbling towards the woodland on the other side, appalled by their own temerity.With Drake on the Spanish Main|Herbert Strang
Nor did Winthrope, stumbling and hobbling behind her, fare any better.Into the Primitive|Robert Ames Bennet
Word Origin 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.