- Present participle of hobble.
Variant of hobble
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