Hobble meaning

hŏbəl
To walk or move along haltingly or with difficulty; limp.
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To cause to limp.
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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.

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To put a device around the legs of (a horse, for example) so as to hamper but not prevent movement.
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A hobbling walk or gait.
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A device, such as a rope or strap, used to hobble an animal.
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To go unsteadily, haltingly, etc.
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To walk lamely or awkwardly; limp.
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To cause to go haltingly or lamely.
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To hamper the movement of (a horse, etc.) by tying two feet together.
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To hamper; hinder.
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An awkward, halting walk; limp.
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A rope, strap, etc. used to hobble a horse; fetter.
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Short straps tied between the legs of unfenced horses, allowing them to wander short distances but preventing them from running off.
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An unsteady, off-balance step.
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To fetter by tying the legs; to restrict (a horse) with hobbles.

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To walk lame, or unevenly.
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(figuratively) To move roughly or irregularly.
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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.

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To hamper the action or progress of; impede.
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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