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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 ?
Having in this way secured three new recipes, four magical powders and a selection of herbs of wonderful power and potency, she hobbled home as fast as she could, in order to test her new sorceries.
As the night drew on, the horses were hobbled or fettered, and tethered close to the camp; a vigilant watch was maintained until morning, and every one slept with his rifle on his arm.
The beasts we hobbled, that they might move slowly about cropping the ochre moss-like vegetation which constitutes both food and drink for them on the march.
The girl hobbled to the wall of the building, leaned against it, and thanked him demurely.
He hobbled away, and I could see him hurrying, as well as he could, down the steps.
Then, after bending down to kiss his icy lips as though in affectionate greeting, she hobbled back, stopping now and again to address the remark, the tenor of which I could not catch, to one or other of the shrouded forms, just as you or I might welcome an old acquaintance.
Robert led me on very slowly, and I limped and hobbled on as well as I could with great pain.
Through the gate An old bent woman hobbled, and she marched A pace before him.
She sat down in one corner of the room, and began to bewail her hard fate; when on a sudden the door opened, and a droll-looking little man hobbled in, and said, 'Good morrow to you, my good lass; what are you weeping for?
Moore's hobbled ankles up behind to meet his hobbled wrists.
He stretched himself, lowered his head, and lapped water from the drinking-shell at his side, turned and looked at me, and then hobbled off toward the cliffs.
I hobbled two blocks to the house and limped into the kitchen.