Definition of Hobble

1. Noun. A shackle for the ankles or feet.

Exact synonyms: Fetter
Generic synonyms: Bond, Hamper, Shackle, Trammel
Derivative terms: Fetter

2. Verb. Walk impeded by some physical limitation or injury. "They hobble up the hill"; "The old woman hobbles down to the store every day"
Exact synonyms: Gimp, Hitch, Limp
Generic synonyms: Walk
Derivative terms: Gimp, Hitch, Hobbler, Limp, Limper

3. Noun. The uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg.
Exact synonyms: Hitch, Limp
Generic synonyms: Gait
Derivative terms: Hitch, Limp, Limp

4. Verb. Hamper the action or progress of. "The chairman was hobbled by the all-powerful dean"
Generic synonyms: Hinder, Impede

5. Verb. Strap the foreleg and hind leg together on each side (of a horse) in order to keep the legs on the same side moving in unison. "Hobble race horses"
Exact synonyms: Hopple
Generic synonyms: Strap

Definition of Hobble

1. v. i. To walk lame, bearing chiefly on one leg; to walk with a hitch or hop, or with crutches.

2. v. t. To fetter by tying the legs; to hopple; to clog.

3. n. An unequal gait; a limp; a halt; as, he has a hobble in his gait.

Definition of Hobble

1. Noun. Short straps tied between the legs of unfenced horses, allowing them to wander short distances but preventing them from running off. ¹

2. Noun. An unsteady, off-balance step. ¹

3. Verb. To restrict a horse with hobbles. ¹

4. Verb. To walk unevenly. ¹

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Definition of Hobble

1. to limp [v -BLED, -BLING, -BLES] - See also: limp

Lexicographical Neighbors of Hobble

hobble (current term)
hobble skirt
hobble skirts

Literary usage of Hobble

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Parts of the body in older Germanic and Scandinavian by Torild Washington Arnoldson (1916)
"ME. hobbelen hobble, limp; saunter about, NE. hobble go with a hop or hitch; walk with a hitch; go on crutches; go lamely; limp, MDu. hobbelen toss, rock, ..."

2. The Life and Writings of Major Jack Downing [pseud.] of Downingville: Away by Seba] [Smith (1834)
"LETTER V. In which Mr Downing tells what a hobble the Legislature got into, in trying to make so many Governors. Portland, Feb. 1,1830. ..."

3. The Life and Writings of Major Jack Downing: Pseud. of Downingville, Away by Seba Smith (1834)
"LETTER V. In which Mr. Downing tells what a hobble the Legislature got into, ... would get into a plaguy hobble, I would think to myself, well, ..."

4. A Year Among the Trees: Or, The Woods and By-ways of New England by Wilson Flagg (1881)
"THE hobble-BUSH. Why so elegant a plant as this species should bear the disagreeable name of hobble-Bush is apparent only when we become entangled by ..."

5. The Beauties of England and Wales, Or, Delineations, Topographical by John Britton, Edward Wedlake Brayley, Joseph Nightingale, James Norris Brewer, John Evans, John Hodgson, Francis Charles Laird, Frederic Shoberl, John Bigland, Thomas Rees, Thomas Hood, John Harris (1815)
"Upon Thursdays repair to mj palace, and tliere,' hobble up, stair by stair, but I pray you take cars That you break not your ..."

6. Mary and Charles Lamb: Poems, Letters, and Remains: Now First Collected Mary Lamb, Charles Lamb, William Carew Hazlitt, Mary Cowden Clarke, George William Curtis by Mary Lamb, Charles Lamb, William Carew Hazlitt, Mary Cowden Clarke, George William Curtis (1874)
"... a note of yours might slip out, and we get in a hobble ? When you write, write real letters. Mary's best love and mine to Mrs. A. " Yours Ever, ..."

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