[ hob-neyld ]

  1. furnished with hobnails.

  2. rustic or loutish.

Origin of hobnailed

First recorded in 1590–1600; hobnail + -ed3

Words Nearby hobnailed

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How to use hobnailed in a sentence

  • He had slipped after changing from hobnailed boots into hemp-soled climbing shoes on the upper face.

  • Sergeant Fugler, the best marksman in the Company, was a hard drinker, with a hobnailed liver.

    Wandering Heath | Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • He lay now in bed with that hobnailed liver, and the Doctor said it was only a question of days.

    Wandering Heath | Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • They did not run around barefooted in summer, nor wear “tackety” or hobnailed boots in winter.

    The Viking Blood | Frederick William Wallace
  • He wore a smock, high brown leather gaiters reaching almost to his thighs, and very thick hobnailed boots.

    Our Frank | Amy Walton