What does hobble mean?

Definitions for hobbleˈhɒb əl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word hobble.

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"


  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

  8. Origin: [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.]


  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

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