[ hop-uhl ]

verb (used with object),hop·pled, hop·pling.
  1. to hobble; tether.

Origin of hopple

First recorded in 1580–90; hop1 + -le

Words Nearby hopple

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How to use hopple in a sentence

  • Smith led him to the edge of the bog, knelt down, drew aside a branch of witch-hopple.

    The Flaming Jewel | Robert W. Chambers
  • My horse, well trained to such tactics stayed where I had dismounted, without tie or hopple.

    The War Trail | Mayne Reid
  • Our custom was to feed grain, hopple the horses and take turns guarding them through the night.

  • See the purple barberries and crimson clusters of the hopple, contrasting their vivid hues!

  • We tie him to a tree, and hopple his fore and hind feet, lest he may struggle.

    The Scalp Hunters | Mayne Reid

British Dictionary definitions for hopple


/ (ˈhɒpəl) /

verb, noun
  1. a less common word for hobble (def. 2), hobble (def. 5)

Derived forms of hopple

  • hoppler, noun

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