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.
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.
Origin of hobble
- Middle English hobblen of Low German origin Middle Dutch hobbelen to roll
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition