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5 definitions found
 for hobble
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hobble \Hob"ble\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Hobbled; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Hobbling.] [OE. hobelen, hoblen, freq. of hoppen to hop;
     akin to D. hobbelen, hoblen, hoppeln. See Hop to jump, and
     cf. Hopple ]
     1. To walk lame, bearing chiefly on one leg; to walk with a
        hitch or hop, or with crutches.
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              The friar was hobbling the same way too. --Dryden.
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     2. To move roughly or irregularly; -- said of style in
        writing. --Prior.
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              The hobbling versification, the mean diction.
                                                    --Jeffreys.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hobble \Hob"ble\, v. t.
     1. To fetter by tying the legs; to hopple; to clog. " They
        hobbled their horses." --Dickens
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     2. To perplex; to embarrass.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hobble \Hob"ble\, n.
     1. An unequal gait; a limp; a halt; as, he has a hobble in
        his gait. --Swift.
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     2. Same as Hopple.
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     3. Difficulty; perplexity; embarrassment. --Waterton.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  hobble
      n 1: a shackle for the ankles or feet [syn: fetter, hobble]
      2: the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg
         [syn: hitch, hobble, limp]
      v 1: walk impeded by some physical limitation or injury; "The
           old woman hobbles down to the store every day" [syn:
           limp, gimp, hobble, hitch]
      2: hamper the action or progress of; "The chairman was hobbled
         by the all-powerful dean"
      3: strap the foreleg and hind leg together on each side (of a
         horse) in order to keep the legs on the same side moving in
         unison; "hobble race horses" [syn: hopple, hobble]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  234 Moby Thesaurus words for "hobble":
     amble, anchor, andante, barge, bind, bowl along, bridle, bundle,
     burden, castrate, chain, claudicate, claudication, clog, clump,
     clutch, complication, cramp, crawl, creep, cripple, crunch, cumber,
     curb, dead march, deflate, disable, disarm, dodder, dogtrot, drag,
     drag along, drag out, droop, emasculate, embarrass,
     embarrassing position, embarrassment, enchain, encumber, enmesh,
     ensnarl, entangle, entoil, entrammel, entrap, entwine, falter,
     fasten, fetter, fine how-do-you-do, flounce, foot, footpace,
     footslog, funeral march, gag, gait, gallop, go dead slow, go slow,
     gyve, halt, hamper, hamstring, handcuff, handicap, hell to pay,
     hinder, hippety-hop, hitch, hog-tie, hop, hopple, hot water,
     how-do-you-do, idle, imbroglio, impede, incapacitate, inch,
     inch along, involve, jam, jog, jog trot, jog-trot, jolt, jump,
     knock out, lame, lash, laze, leash, leisurely gait, lime, limp,
     lock step, lumber, lumbering pace, lunge, lurch, maim, make fast,
     manacle, mess, mince, mincing steps, mix, moor, morass, mosey,
     muzzle, net, pace, paddle, paralyze, parlous straits, pass, peg,
     peg down, piaffe, piaffer, picket, pickle, pin down, pinch, pinion,
     plight, plod, poke, poke along, prance, predicament, press down,
     pretty pass, pretty pickle, pretty predicament, prostrate,
     put in irons, quagmire, quicksand, rack, reel, restrain, restrict,
     roll, rope, saddle with, sashay, saunter, scrape, scuff, scuffle,
     scuttle, secure, shackle, shamble, shuffle, shuffle along, sidle,
     silence, single-foot, skip, slink, slither, slog, slouch, slough,
     slow march, slow motion, slowness, snarl, spot, squeeze, stagger,
     stagger along, stalk, stamp, step, stew, sticky wicket, stomp,
     straddle, straggle, strait, straitjacket, straits, strangle, strap,
     stride, stroll, strolling gait, strut, stumble, stump, swagger,
     swamp, swing, tangle, tether, throttle, tie, tie down, tie up,
     tight spot, tight squeeze, tightrope, tittup, toddle, toddle along,
     toil, totter, totter along, traipse, trammel, tread, tricky spot,
     trip, trot, trudge, truss up, unholy mess, velocity, waddle, walk,
     wamble, weave, weigh down, wiggle, wing, wobble, worm,
     worm along
  
  

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