What does hobble mean?

Definitions for hobble
ˈhɒb əlhob·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fetter, hobblenoun

    a shackle for the ankles or feet

  2. hitch, hobble, limpverb

    the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg

  3. limp, gimp, hobble, hitchverb

    walk impeded by some physical limitation or injury

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

  4. hobbleverb

    hamper the action or progress of

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

  5. hopple, hobbleverb

    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"


  1. hobblenoun

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

  2. hobblenoun

    An unsteady, off-balance step.

  3. hobbleverb

    To restrict a horse with hobbles.

  4. hobbleverb

    To walk unevenly.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hobblenoun

    Uneven awkward gait.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    One of his heels is higher than the other, which gives him a hobble in his gait. Gulliver’s Travels.

  2. To HOBBLEverb

    Etymology: to hop, to hopple, to hobble.

    The friar was hobbling the same way too, accidentally again. John Dryden, Spanish Fryar.

    Some persons continued a kind of hobbling march on the broken arches, but fell through. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    Was he ever able to walk without leading-strings, without being discovered by his hobbling. Jonathan Swift.

    Those ancient Romans had a sort of extempore poetry, or untuneable hobbling verse. Dryden.

    While you Pindarick truths rehearse,
    She hobbles in alternate verse. Matthew Prior.


  1. Hobble

    To hobble means to walk in an impeded manner, as if with a physical disability or injury, or to cause an animal or person to do likewise.


  1. hobble

    Hobble generally refers to walk in an awkward way, typically because of pain or injury. It can also mean to restrict or hinder the progress or movement of someone or something. In the context of equine, to hobble means to tie together the legs of a horse or other animal to prevent it from straying.

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. Hobbleverb

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

  4. Hobbleverb

    to perplex; to embarrass

  5. Hobblenoun

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

  6. Hobblenoun

    same as Hopple

  7. Hobblenoun

    difficulty; perplexity; embarrassment

  8. Etymology: [OE. hobelen, hoblen, freq. of hoppen to hop; akin to D. hobbelen, hoblen, hoppeln. See Hop to jump, and cf. Hopple ]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hobble

    hob′l, v.i. to walk with a limp: to walk awkwardly: to move irregularly.—v.t. to fasten loosely the legs of: to hamper: to perplex.—n. an awkward limping gait: a difficulty, a scrape: anything used to hamper the feet of an animal, a clog or fetter.—ns. Hobb′ler, one who hobbles: an unlicensed pilot, casual labourer in docks, &c.: a man who tows a canal-boat with a rope; Hobb′ling.—adv. Hobb′lingly. [Cf. Dut. hobbelen, hobben, to toss.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. hobble

    A perplexity or difficulty.--Hobbles, irons or fetters.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hobble is ranked #132206 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Hobble surname appeared 128 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Hobble.

    96% or 123 total occurrences were White.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hobble in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hobble in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of hobble in a Sentence

  1. Matt Schlapp:

    Donald Trump has very wide authority, really unchecked authority, to talk to world leaders about anything Donald Trump deems appropriate as Donald Trump is representing the United States of America, if this were able to go forward, any staffer in an agency could constantly hobble a Democratic President, duly elected.

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