Definitions for: Hobble


[n] the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg
[n] a shackle for the ankles or feet
[v] strap the foreleg and hind leg together on each side (of a horse) in order to keep the like-sided legs moving in unison; of race horses
[v] walk impeded by some physical limitation or injury; "The old woman hobbles down to the store every day."
[v] hamper the action or progress of;"The chairman was hobbled by the all-powerful dean"



Webster (1913) Definition: Hob"ble, n. 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 with a
hitch or hop, or with crutches.

The friar was hobbling the same way too. --Dryden.

2. To move roughly or irregularly; -- said of style in
writing. --Prior.

The hobbling versification, the mean diction.
--Jeffreys.


Hob"ble, v. t.
1. To fetter by tying the legs; to hopple; to clog. `` They
hobbled their horses.'' --Dickens

2. To perplex; to embarrass.


Hob"ble, n.
1. An unequal gait; a limp; a halt; as, he has a hobble in
his gait. --Swift.

2. Same as Hopple.

3. Difficulty; perplexity; embarrassment. --Waterton.

Synonyms: fetter, hitch, hitch, hopple, limp, limp

See Also: bond, gait, hamper, hinder, impede, shackle, strap, trammel, trammels, walk

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