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hob·ble·de·hoy

 (hŏb′əl-dē-hoi′)
n. pl. hob·ble·de·hoys
A gawky adolescent boy.

[Origin unknown.]
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hobbledehoy

(ˌhɒbəldɪˈhɔɪ)
n
archaic a clumsy or bad-mannered youth
[C16: from earlier hobbard de hoy, of uncertain origin]
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hob•ble•de•hoy

(ˈhɒb əl diˌhɔɪ)

n.
an awkward ungainly youth.
[1530–40; orig. uncertain]
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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)
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Translations

hobbledehoy

(archaic) [ˈhɒbldɪˈhɒɪ] Ngamberro m
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hobbledehoy

n (old)Tollpatsch m
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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.
"C' est bien pour un garcon de rein comme cet individu dont vous avez fait un ami, mais pas pour vous, pas pour vous.*[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.
Besides, the best have to get through the hobbledehoy age, and that's the very time they need most patience and kindness.
For instance, one may look upon Racine as a broken-down, hobbledehoy, perfumed individual--one may even be unable to read him; and I too may think him the same, as well as, in some respects, a subject for ridicule.