Definitions for hobbleˈhɒb əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hob•bleˈhɒb əl(v.; n.)-bled, -bling

  1. (v.i.)to walk lamely; limp.

  2. to proceed irregularly and haltingly.

  3. (v.t.)to cause to limp.

  4. to fasten together the legs of (a horse, mule, etc.) by short lengths of rope to prevent free motion.

  5. to impede; hamper the progress of.

  6. (n.)an act of hobbling; an uneven, halting gait; a limp.

  7. a rope, strap, etc., used to hobble an animal.

  8. Archaic. an awkward or difficult situation.

Origin of hobble:

1300–50; ME hobelen

hob′bler(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fetter, hobble(noun)

    a shackle for the ankles or feet

  2. hitch, hobble, limp(verb)

    the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg

  3. limp, gimp, hobble, hitch(verb)

    walk impeded by some physical limitation or injury

    "The old woman hobbles down to the store every day"

  4. hobble(verb)

    hamper the action or progress of

    "The chairman was hobbled by the all-powerful dean"

  5. hopple, hobble(verb)

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. hobble(Noun)

    Short straps tied between the legs of unfenced horses, allowing them to wander short distances but preventing them from running off.

  2. hobble(Noun)

    An unsteady, off-balance step.

  3. hobble(Verb)

    To restrict a horse with hobbles.

  4. hobble(Verb)

    To walk unevenly.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hobble

    to walk lame, bearing chiefly on one leg; to walk with a hitch or hop, or with crutches

  2. Hobble

    to move roughly or irregularly; -- said of style in writing

  3. Hobble(verb)

    to fetter by tying the legs; to hopple; to clog

  4. Hobble(verb)

    to perplex; to embarrass

  5. Hobble(noun)

    an unequal gait; a limp; a halt; as, he has a hobble in his gait

  6. Hobble(noun)

    same as Hopple

  7. Hobble(noun)

    difficulty; perplexity; embarrassment

Freebase

  1. Hobble

    A hobble is a device that prevents or limits the locomotion of a human or an animal, by tethering one or more legs. Although hobbles are most commonly used on horses, they are sometimes used also on other animals. On dogs, they are used especially during force-fetch training to limit the movement of a dog's front paws when training it to stay still. They are made from leather, rope or synthetic materials such as nylon and Neoprene. There are various designs for breeding, casting and mounting horses.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

hobble(verb)

to walk with difficulty, usually taking short steps (eg because one is lame or because one's feet are sore)

The old lady hobbled along with a stick.

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