hobbledehoy[häb′əl dē ho̵i′]
Origin of hobbledehoyearlier hoberdihoye, hobbedihoy, probably based on hob with cross associated, association ; from hobble, hobby
Origin of hobbledehoyOrigin unknown.
From Scots. Compare dialectal English hobbledygee (“(with a) limping movement”); also French hobereau (“country squire”), English hobby, and Old French hoi (“today”); the original sense may have been "an upstart of today".