v. & n.
1 intr. a walk lamely; limp. b proceed haltingly in action or speech (hobbled lamely to his conclusion).
2 tr. a tie together the legs of (a horse etc.) to prevent it from straying. b tie (a horse's etc. legs).
3 tr. cause (a person etc.) to limp.
1 an uneven or infirm gait.
2 a rope, clog, etc. used for hobbling a horse etc.
Phrases and idioms:
hobble skirt a skirt so narrow at the hem as to impede walking.
hobbler n.
Etymology: ME, prob. f. LG: cf. HOPPLE and Du. hobbelen rock from side to side

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Hobble — Hob ble, n. 1. An unequal gait; a limp; a halt; as, he has a hobble in his gait. Swift. [1913 Webster] 2. Same as {Hopple}. [1913 Webster] 3. Difficulty; perplexity; embarrassment. Waterton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • hobble — [häb′əl] vi. hobbled, hobbling [ME hobelen (akin to Du hobbelen, Ger dial. hobbeln) < base of hoppen (see HOP1) + freq. suffix] 1. to go unsteadily, haltingly, etc. 2. to walk lamely or awkwardly; limp vt. 1. to cause to go haltingly or …   English World dictionary

  • Hobble — Hob ble, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Hobbled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hobbling}.] [OE. hobelen, hoblen, freq. of hoppen to hop; akin to D. hobbelen, hoblen, hoppeln. See {Hop} to jump, and cf. {Hopple} ] 1. To walk lame, bearing chiefly on one leg; to walk… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hobble — Hob ble, v. t. 1. To fetter by tying the legs; to hopple; to clog. They hobbled their horses. Dickens [1913 Webster] 2. To perplex; to embarrass. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • 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… …   Etymology dictionary

  • hobble — ► VERB 1) walk awkwardly, typically because of pain. 2) strap together the legs of (a horse) to prevent it straying. 3) be or cause a problem for. ► NOUN 1) an awkward way of walking. 2) a rope or strap for hobbling a horse. DER …   English terms dictionary

  • hobble — [c]/ˈhɒbəl / (say hobuhl) verb (hobbled, hobbling) –verb (i) 1. to walk lamely; limp. 2. to proceed irregularly and haltingly: hobbling verse. –verb (t) 3. to cause to limp. 4. to fasten together the legs of (a horse, etc.) so as to prevent free… …  

  • Hobble — To hobble means to walk unevenly, in an impeded manner or to cause this condition in some other entity.Hobble may also refer to: * Hobble skirt, a skirt with a narrow enough hem to significantly impede the wearer s stride * Hobble (device), a… …   Wikipedia

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