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Definition of the noun hobble

What does hobble mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: hobbles

  1. a shackle for the ankles or feet
  2. the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of hobble: hitch / limp
    • more generic word: gait = a person's manner of walking

Alternative definition of the noun hobble


  1. Short straps tied between the legs of unfenced horses, allowing them to wander short distances but preventing them from running off.
  2. An unsteady, off-balance step.

Definition of the verb hobble

What does hobble mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: hobbled | hobbling | hobbles

  1. walk impeded by some physical limitation or injury
  2. hamper the action or progress of
    • example: The chairman was hobbled by the all-powerful dean
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic words: hinder / impede = be a hindrance or obstacle to
  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
    • example: hobble race horses
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of hobble: hopple
    • more generic word: strap = tie with a strap

Alternative definition of the verb hobble


  1. To restrict a horse with hobbles.
  2. To walk unevenly.


Hobble is a musical group.

  • albums: "Blackmassking", "God's Work"

Phrases with Hobble

  1. hobble skirt
  2. dog hobble

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Hobble

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Google previewNall's Glossary of East Anglian Dialect (2006)

by John Greaves Nall

Hobble is a dimin. of the A.S., hoppan; Swed., hoppa, to hop. Hobblers, men employed in towing vessels by a rope on the land, Somerset. 'Superstitiously hoppled in the nets of superfluous opinions.' Henry More, on Godliness. HOP-TO.



Hobble is a process of strapping the foreleg and ...

Google previewThe Naked Woman (2007)

A Study of the Female Body by Desmond Morris

The Hobble is the gait of those whose legs cannot perform full strides with comfort. The hobbler moves forward usine very short steps. This is typical of women wearing very tight skirts or cramped shoes. The Mince is a gait in which fast but very ...

Google previewThe Sportsman's Hand Book (1885)

Containing Rules, Tables of Weights and Measures, Concise Instructions on Selecting, Caring for and Handling Guns and Fishing Tackle ... and Many Other Hints and Instructions Useful to Beginners by Horace Park

A regular hobble is a short piece of chain, a ring at each end; also straps and buckles. Buckle a strap around each fore leg, between hoof and fetlock, the chain connecting the two; the horse will soon learn to get around sufficient to procure all ...

Google previewA New English Dictionary of the English Language (1836)

by Charles Richardson

Hoppa; subsilire, to hop ; and of this hobble is a diminutive. To move with a hopping, uneven, unsteady, irregular gait or step ; to move or walk awkwardly, lamely ; with pain and difficulty ; to be, ...

Google previewThe Scottish Gallovidian Encyclopedia (1824)

or the Original Antiquated and Natural Curiosities of the South of Scotland by John Mactaggart

Hobble — To make a rocking motion. Hobble-te-hoy — An unfeeling lad towards the ladies — " A hobble-to-hoy, " Neither a man nor a boy." They are indeed " senseless asses, O, " who ...

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Usage statistics about hobble

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun hobble:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb hobble:


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Scrabble value of H4O1B3B3L1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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