- 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.
intransitive verbhobbled, hobbling
- to go unsteadily, haltingly, etc.
- to walk lamely or awkwardly; limp
Origin of hobbleMiddle English hobelen (akin to Dutch hobbelen, German dialect, dialectal hobbeln) ; from base of hoppen (see hop) + 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
verbhob·bled, hob·bling, hob·bles
- 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.
- A hobbling walk or gait.
- A device, such as a rope or strap, used to hobble an animal.
Origin of hobbleMiddle English hobblen, of Low German origin; akin to Middle Dutch hobbelen, to roll.
(plural hobbles) (usually in plural)
- Short straps tied between the legs of unfenced horses, allowing them to wander short distances but preventing them from running off.
- An unsteady, off-balance step.