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n. pl. hob·ble·de·hoys
A gawky adolescent boy.

[Origin unknown.]


archaic a clumsy or bad-mannered youth
[C16: from earlier hobbard de hoy, of uncertain origin]


(ˈhɒb əl diˌhɔɪ)

an awkward ungainly youth.
[1530–40; orig. uncertain]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hobbledehoy - an awkward bad-mannered adolescent boy
spring chicken, young person, younker, youth - a young person (especially a young man or boy)


(archaic) [ˈhɒbldɪˈhɒɪ] Ngamberro m


n (old)Tollpatsch m
References in classic literature ?
All the Pickwickians were in most blooming array; and there was a terrific roaring on the grass in front of the house, occasioned by all the men, boys, and hobbledehoys attached to the farm, each of whom had got a white bow in his button-hole, and all of whom were cheering with might and main; being incited thereto, and stimulated therein by the precept and example of Mr.
A man rarely carries his shyness past the hobbledehoy period.
2] Only a hobbledehoy could amuse himself in this way," he added in Russian- but pronouncing the word with a French accent- having noticed that Zherkov could still hear him.