hobble

  • 1Hobble — 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] …

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  • 2hobble — [v1] limp clump, dodder, falter, halt, hitch, scuff, shuffle, stagger, stumble, totter; concept 151 Ant. go, move, run, walk hobble [v2] cripple, restrict clog, cramp, cramp one’s style, crimp, curb, entrammel, fasten, fetter, gimp, hamper,… …

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  • 3hobble — [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 …

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  • 4Hobble — 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… …

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  • 5Hobble — 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] …

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  • 6hobble — index block, maim, repress, restrict, trammel Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 7hobble — (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… …

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  • 8hobble — ► 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 …

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  • 9hobble — [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… …

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  • 10Hobble — 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… …

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  • 11hobble — [[t]hɒ̱b(ə)l[/t]] hobbles, hobbling, hobbled 1) VERB If you hobble, you walk in an awkward way with small steps, for example because your foot is injured. [V adv/prep] He got up slowly and hobbled over to the coffee table... The swelling had… …

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  • 12hobble — UK [ˈhɒb(ə)l] / US [ˈhɑb(ə)l] verb Word forms hobble : present tense I/you/we/they hobble he/she/it hobbles present participle hobbling past tense hobbled past participle hobbled 1) [intransitive] to walk slowly and with difficulty because your… …

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  • 13hobble — I. verb (hobbled; hobbling) Etymology: Middle English hoblen; akin to Middle Dutch hobbelen to turn, roll Date: 14th century intransitive verb to move along unsteadily or with difficulty; especially to limp along transitive verb 1. to cause to… …

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  • 14hobble — hobbler, n. /hob euhl/, v., hobbled, hobbling, n. v.i. 1. to walk lamely; limp. 2. to proceed irregularly and haltingly: His verses hobble with their faulty meters. v.t. 3. to cause to limp: His tight shoes hobbled him. 4. to fasten together the… …

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  • 15hobble — hob·ble häb əl vb, hob·bled; hob·bling (ə )liŋ vi to move along unsteadily or with difficulty esp to limp along vt 1) to cause to limp: make lame: CRIPPLE 2) to fasten together the legs of (as a horse) to prevent straying …

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  • 16Hobble — Recorded in a number of spellings including Hoble, Hobell, Hobble, Hobwell, Hubball, Hubble, Hubbell, and Hubbold this is an Early English or Anglo Saxon surname. It is believed to derive from the now lost personal name Hugibald. From hug ,… …

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  • 17hobble — verb Hobble is used with these nouns as the object: ↑horse …

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  • 18hobble — hob|ble [ habl ] verb 1. ) transitive to prevent something developing or being successful: The whole organization has been hobbled by mismanagement. 2. ) intransitive to walk slowly and with difficulty because your feet are sore or injured:… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19hobble — hob•ble [[t]ˈhɒb əl[/t]] v. bled, bling, n. 1) to walk lamely; limp 2) to proceed irregularly and haltingly 3) to cause to limp 4) to fasten together the legs of (a horse, mule, etc.) by short lengths of rope to prevent free motion 5) to impede;… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20hobble — v. & n. v. 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… …

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