hobble


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hob·ble

 (hŏb′əl)
v. hob·bled, hob·bling, hob·bles
v.intr.
To walk or move along haltingly or with difficulty; limp.
v.tr.
1. To put a device around the legs of (a horse, for example) so as to hamper but not prevent movement.
2. To cause to limp.
3. To hamper the action or progress of; impede.
n.
1. A hobbling walk or gait.
2. A device, such as a rope or strap, used to hobble an animal.

[Middle English hobblen, of Low German origin; akin to Middle Dutch hobbelen, to roll.]

hob′bler n.
Synonyms: hobble, fetter, handcuff, hogtie, manacle, shackle
These verbs mean to restrict the activity or free movement of: a graduate hobbled by debt; researchers fettered by outmoded thinking; entrepreneurs handcuffed by rigid regulations; leadership that refused to be hogtied; imagination manacled by fear; an artist shackled by convention.

hobble

(ˈhɒbəl)
vb
1. (intr) to walk with a lame awkward movement
2. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) (tr) to fetter the legs of (a horse) in order to restrict movement
3. to progress unevenly or with difficulty
4. (tr) to hamper or restrict (the actions or scope of a person, organization, etc)
n
5. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) a strap, rope, etc, used to hobble a horse
6. a limping gait
7. dialect Brit a difficult or embarrassing situation
8. (Animals) a castrated ferret
Also (for senses 2, 5): hopple
[C14: probably from Low German; compare Flemish hoppelen, Middle Dutch hobbelen to stammer]
ˈhobbler n

hob•ble

(ˈhɒb əl)

v. -bled, -bling,
n. v.i.
1. to walk lamely; limp.
2. to proceed irregularly and haltingly.
v.t.
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; hamper the progress of.
n.
6. an act of hobbling; an uneven, halting gait; a limp.
7. a rope, strap, etc., used to hobble an animal.
8. Archaic. an awkward or difficult situation.
[1300–50; Middle English hobelen]
hob′bler, n.

hobble


Past participle: hobbled
Gerund: hobbling

Imperative
hobble
hobble
Present
I hobble
you hobble
he/she/it hobbles
we hobble
you hobble
they hobble
Preterite
I hobbled
you hobbled
he/she/it hobbled
we hobbled
you hobbled
they hobbled
Present Continuous
I am hobbling
you are hobbling
he/she/it is hobbling
we are hobbling
you are hobbling
they are hobbling
Present Perfect
I have hobbled
you have hobbled
he/she/it has hobbled
we have hobbled
you have hobbled
they have hobbled
Past Continuous
I was hobbling
you were hobbling
he/she/it was hobbling
we were hobbling
you were hobbling
they were hobbling
Past Perfect
I had hobbled
you had hobbled
he/she/it had hobbled
we had hobbled
you had hobbled
they had hobbled
Future
I will hobble
you will hobble
he/she/it will hobble
we will hobble
you will hobble
they will hobble
Future Perfect
I will have hobbled
you will have hobbled
he/she/it will have hobbled
we will have hobbled
you will have hobbled
they will have hobbled
Future Continuous
I will be hobbling
you will be hobbling
he/she/it will be hobbling
we will be hobbling
you will be hobbling
they will be hobbling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been hobbling
you have been hobbling
he/she/it has been hobbling
we have been hobbling
you have been hobbling
they have been hobbling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been hobbling
you will have been hobbling
he/she/it will have been hobbling
we will have been hobbling
you will have been hobbling
they will have been hobbling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been hobbling
you had been hobbling
he/she/it had been hobbling
we had been hobbling
you had been hobbling
they had been hobbling
Conditional
I would hobble
you would hobble
he/she/it would hobble
we would hobble
you would hobble
they would hobble
Past Conditional
I would have hobbled
you would have hobbled
he/she/it would have hobbled
we would have hobbled
you would have hobbled
they would have hobbled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hobble - a shackle for the ankles or feethobble - a shackle for the ankles or feet  
hamper, shackle, trammel, bond - a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner)
2.hobble - the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leghobble - the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg
gait - a person's manner of walking
Verb1.hobble - walk impeded by some physical limitation or injury; "The old woman hobbles down to the store every day"
walk - use one's feet to advance; advance by steps; "Walk, don't run!"; "We walked instead of driving"; "She walks with a slight limp"; "The patient cannot walk yet"; "Walk over to the cabinet"
2.hobble - hamper the action or progress of; "The chairman was hobbled by the all-powerful dean"
hinder, impede - be a hindrance or obstacle to; "She is impeding the progress of our project"
3.hobble - 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"
strap - tie with a strap

hobble

verb
1. limp, stagger, stumble, shuffle, falter, shamble, totter, dodder, halt He got up slowly and hobbled over to the table.
2. restrict, hamstring, shackle, fetter The poverty of 10 million citizens hobbles our economy.

hobble

verb
1. To walk in a lame way:
2. To restrict the activity or free movement of:
Informal: hog-tie.
noun
Something that physically confines the legs or arms:
bond, chain (used in plural), fetter, handcuff (often used in plural), iron (used in plural), manacle, restraint, shackle.
Archaic: gyve.
Translations
يَعْرُجُ
kulhat
humpe
haltra
klibikščiuotišlubuoti
klibot

hobble

[ˈhɒbl]
A. N
1. (= lameness) → cojera f
to walk with a hobblecojear
2. (= rope) → maniota f
B. VT [+ horse] → manear
C. VI (also to hobble along) → cojear, andar cojeando
to hobble to the doorir cojeando a la puerta

hobble

[ˈhɒbəl] vi (= walk awkwardly) → se déplacer en boitillant
He hobbled over to the window → Il se déplaça en boitillant jusqu'à la fenêtre.
to hobble around → clopiner
Now he must hobble around on crutches for six weeks → Maintenant, il va devoir clopiner sur des béquilles pendant six semaines.

hobble

vihumpeln, hinken; to hobble in/outherein-/hinaushumpeln
vt
horseFußfesseln anlegen (+dat), → die Vorderbeine fesseln (+dat)
(fig) person, companyeinschränken, behindern; economylahmlegen
n (for horses) → Fußfessel f

hobble

[ˈhɒbl] vizoppicare
to hobble in/out → entrare/uscire zoppicando

hobble

(ˈhobl) verb
to walk with difficulty, usually taking short steps (eg because one is lame or because one's feet are sore). The old lady hobbled along with a stick.
References in classic literature ?
I'm in a devil of a hobble, and you must help me out.
I am privileged, because I am known to be honorable and trustworthy, and because I have a distinguished record in the service; so they don't hobble me nor tie me to stakes or shut me tight in stables, but let me wander around to suit myself.
We apprehend his imperial highness, the heir to the crown, to have some tendency towards the high heels; at least we can plainly discover that one of his heels is higher than the other, which gives him a hobble in his gait.
Sancho had not thought it worth while to hobble Rocinante, feeling sure, from what he knew of his staidness and freedom from incontinence, that all the mares in the Cordova pastures would not lead him into an impropriety.
So Little John was made fast to the gallows-tree, while the Sheriff and all his men who could march or hobble went out to get Robin Hood and bring him in for the double hanging.
Ah, cursed Gascon that I am, I get from one hobble into another.
He went hastily down, and was followed by a dignified person, dressed in a purple velvet suit with very rich embroidery; his demeanor would have possessed much stateliness, only that a grievous fit of the gout compelled him to hobble from stair to stair, with contortions of face and body.
After a few days, to be sure," said he, mournfully, "I might make shift to hobble along with a stick.
All then dismount, drive their pickets into the ground in the centre, fasten the horses to them, and hobble their forelegs, so that, in case of alarm, they cannot break away.
I'm a devil of a fellow for getting myself into a hobble, but I always take care the load shall fall on my own shoulders.
As I watched the old man slowly rise to his feet, and hobble a few paces down the platform, the lines came to my lips:-