- The definition of a hobble is an awkward way of walking usually caused by restraint or injury, or a rope or shackle used to hold an animal's feet to keep the animal from walking.
When you have handcuffs shackling your feet together and making it very difficult for you to walk properly, the manner in which you walk is an example of a hobble.
- Hobble is defined as to limp. walk or speak in an awkward way, or to cause some other person or animal to have trouble moving forward or walking.
- When you break your leg and you have to walk around with crutches and a full cast, this is an example of a time when you hobble.
- When you make a mistake in making your speech, forget your notes and lose your place but you continue along awkwardly, this is an example of a time when you hobble along.
- When you trip someone and they break their ankle, this is an example of a way to hobble someone.
hobble definition by Webster's New World
- to go unsteadily, haltingly, etc.
- to walk lamely or awkwardly; limp
Origin: Middle English hobelen (akin to Dutch hobbelen, German dialect, dialectal hobbeln) ; from base of hoppen (see hop) plush frequentative suffix
- to cause to go haltingly or lamely
- to hamper the movement of (a horse, etc.) by tying two feet together
- to hamper; hinder
- an awkward, halting walk; limp
- a rope, strap, etc. used to hobble a horse; fetter
- Rare an awkward situation; difficulty
- hobbler noun
hobble definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb hob·bled, hob·bling, hob·bles verb, intransitive
- To put a device around the legs of (a horse, for example) so as to hamper but not prevent movement.
- To cause to limp.
- To hamper the action or progress of; impede. See Synonyms at hamper1.
- A hobbling walk or gait.
- A device, such as a rope or strap, used to hobble an animal.
- Archaic An awkward situation.
Origin: Middle English hobblen, of Low German origin; akin to Middle Dutch hobbelen, to roll.
- hobˈbler noun