Definition of hobble in English:

hobble

verb

  • 1[no object, with adverbial of direction] Walk in an awkward way, typically because of pain from an injury.

    ‘he was hobbling around on crutches’
    • ‘I grabbed my crutches and hobbled over to his desk.’
    • ‘She turned right and continued to walk, Jon hobbling next to her.’
    • ‘I was forced to stop training for shows and I began to hobble instead of walk.’
    • ‘I sighed and then picked up my crutches, hobbled to the door, and down the hall of the apartment to the living room.’
    • ‘Defeated, humiliated and hobbling on crutches outside Atlanta's Olympic stadium in 1996, she concluded that if athletics could be so cruel she didn't need it.’
    • ‘Jack sighed and walked or rather hobbled with us to the front door of his home.’
    • ‘He hobbled towards me on crutches.’
    • ‘He is also recovering from an operation, hobbling around on crutches with enormous bandages on both feet.’
    • ‘After the initial shock and the pain, I hobbled back to Grandma's feeling sorry for myself.’
    • ‘And the Olympic silver medallist in Sydney looked to be in considerable pain as he hobbled off the track.’
    • ‘Andrew watched him hobble awkwardly down the hall, then turned and started the other direction.’
    • ‘With that I grabbed my crutch stiffly and hobbled out the door.’
    • ‘At one point, the 44-year-old singer hobbled into court on crutches with his left foot wrapped in bandages because of swelling from what he described as a spider bite.’
    • ‘Up until that point Mitchell, who was last seen hobbling about on crutches with a hamstring problem, had been one of the game's better performers.’
    • ‘She hobbled in her awkward leg brace as she came to her next table.’
    • ‘Using his father as a human crutch, he hobbled round the track in agony, tears streaming down his face.’
    • ‘If both fore-feet are affected, the animal hobbles around and often kneels to graze.’
    • ‘He shook his head again and got up, hobbling away on his crutch.’
    • ‘I began to hobble around and the pain was only bad when I moved my leg.’
    • ‘She picked up a crutch and began hobbling up to her room.’
    limp, walk with a limp, walk with difficulty, move unsteadily, walk unevenly, walk lamely, walk haltingly
    shuffle, shamble, falter, totter, dodder, stagger, stumble, reel, lurch
    hirple
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    1. 1.1[with object]Cause (a person or animal) to limp.
      ‘Johnson was still hobbled slightly by an ankle injury’
      • ‘Michael missed the entire preseason with a shaky knee and now that same knee has hobbled him onto the injured list.’
      • ‘You can't be fit and healthy if you are walking around on crutches or hobbled with low back pain.’
      • ‘Lawton's big right toe, which hobbled him last season, was sore at the opening of camp, but offseason exams showed no significant problems.’
      • ‘But the calf injury that hobbled him for much of last season is becoming a problem again.’
      • ‘He is their biggest playmaker, but he's hobbled by a sprained ankle.’
      • ‘If Ilgauskas, who has been hobbled by a serious foot injury, is able to return in the fall, this team is capable of winning 50 games.’
      • ‘My father would get on his tennis court every day and hit balls come rain or shine, even when he was practically hobbled because his feet were so swollen.’
      • ‘A sprained ankle will hobble him for another few weeks, and be doesn't have the balance or footwork that he used to.’
      • ‘But hobbled by multiple sclerosis, he retired from journalism early - in 1991.’
      • ‘I am careful, though, to loosen my hamstrings since an injury last year that hobbled me for a few months.’
      • ‘But a knee injury hobbled him for a good chunk of the season.’
      • ‘The other two had some injuries which appeared to be relatively minor, but enough to hobble them just a little bit.’
      • ‘However, Parker has been hobbled of late by a bruised leg suffered in the Kings series, and it is unclear if he will be at 100 percent.’
      • ‘Stallworth was hobbled for several games as a rookie with a strained hamstring, and he has missed three games this season because of a variety of maladies.’
      • ‘Williams was also hobbled by bone spurs, which he'd had since high school.’
      • ‘The price of snapping that 11-game losing streak was Tom, who reinjured the groin that hobbled him earlier this season.’
      • ‘He was in tears in the dugout, his right foot swollen after being hobbled by another player.’
      • ‘She was hobbled by shin-splints and, after a year on the team, she gave up hoops to focus her extracurricular energies completely on track.’
      • ‘The injury has hobbled him in the past and kept him out of parts of more games, even as he has played through it.’
      • ‘Jeff Hornacek still is an outstanding shooter who also excels at many other aspects of the game, but he's hobbled by a sore knee.’
  • 2[with object] Tie or strap together (the legs of a horse or other animal) to prevent it from straying.

    • ‘‘That's reassuring,’ she responded, hobbling the mare with leather straps and removing her bridle so that she could graze.’
    • ‘With a camelteer in view there is nothing to worry about, but I would not like to be left alone with a camel, let alone have to hobble a herd of bull camels at night.’
    • ‘So Wesley unloaded his horse, hobbled the poor, over-burdened beast and gave it a fond pat and wipe down.’
    • ‘I unsaddled and hobbled the horses while Elza unloaded the packs and lit a fire.’
    • ‘We had just picked a campsite for the evening, pitched the tent, and hobbled the horses.’
    • ‘None of them spoke as they followed suit, mutely unloading the weary, nervous shen of cargo and tack, then hobbling them and setting them free to graze.’
    • ‘By the time I hobbled the horses and returned to the fire Elza had woke and found breakfast.’
    • ‘The drover got to work unhitching the oxen, and the horsemen unsaddled their horses and led them to the trees and hobbled them.’
    • ‘Lash ropes and diamond hitches are untied, the horses unpacked and then hobbled or tethered in the meadow below camp.’
    • ‘We hobbled the horses, and they browsed along the grassy bank, drinking freely from the lake water.’
    • ‘Camels and goats were either hobbled or tethered at random.’
    • ‘At last a slot had opened up and I hopped aboard to ride in freight with caged roosters and hobbled goats.’
    • ‘I looked as Madam was heading outside to tell Stephen not to worry about hobbling the horses.’
    • ‘Isabeau, Louis, and Joseph dismounted and walked over to Nicolas as the other men unloaded and hobbled the horses.’
    • ‘He untacked and unloaded the horses, then hobbled them and set them loose to graze.’
    • ‘He hobbled his horse and turned away to open the front of his del.’
    1. 2.1Restrict the activity or development of.
      ‘the economy was hobbled by rising oil prices’
      • ‘To the ordinary punter, Google News will also be much more useful than Moreover, the best known headline aggregator, which deliberately hobbles search to encourage sign-ups and pay-ups.’
      • ‘What hobbles many teams is the lack of professional management.’
      • ‘That's in contrast to the nuclear energy and genetically modified organism industries, which are hobbled by bad public relations, she adds.’
      • ‘Many corporate investigations are hobbled before they even start because security takes an overly aggressive posture within the organization.’
      • ‘Microsoft hobbles three opponents in one deal.’
      • ‘But Dillon's analysis is hobbled by a few unresolved issues.’
      • ‘They follow limits placed on lending by state banks - in other words, the banking sector in general, already hobbled by massive bad debts to underperforming state firms.’
      • ‘The internet has become, to some, the ultimate symbol of modernity to the point that participants were hobbled without convenient access to routine information like maps and telephone numbers.’
      • ‘With E Andre Wadsworth still hobbled by knee problems and E Simeon Rice gone through free agency, the Cardinals are desperate.’
      • ‘By sticking a bit too closely to the kind of musical approach he knows best, he hobbles this attempt at self-definition.’
      • ‘Despite playing more regular season games than he has since 2001, Shaquille O'Neal was hobbled through much of the playoffs.’
      • ‘John Young, the colourful chairman of the famous Wandsworth brewery Young's & Co, has been railing against Government red tape that he says hobbles businesses like his.’

noun

  • 1[in singular] An awkward way of walking, typically due to pain from an injury.

    ‘he finished the match almost reduced to a hobble’
    • ‘A little water, a quick hobble to the touchline and seconds later he was sprinting round like a 10-year-old.’
    • ‘He, like Zak, had had the cast taken off his left leg only the day before and now had a hobble which was somewhat comical when both walked next to each other.’
    • ‘Her foot swelled during the night, making it hard for her to walk, so it was more of a hobble.’
    • ‘He walks with a hobble and his wrists are limp, but Yearwood never let his disability stop him from pursuing his dream of being a marathon runner.’
    • ‘Jim on the other hand; an old man with a greasy beard and a distinct hobble, little self esteem and no home to go to, had no concern for politics.’
    • ‘The hobble became a rapid shuffle and then a quite respectable stroll, and the discomfort faded away.’
    • ‘Elanor followed her slowly, she didn't entirely trust the shoes to hold her weight, and so she was forced to walk with an awkward sort of hobble.’
    • ‘He looked at me with a cheeky grin on his face and actually imitated my hobble all the way back to the entrance door.’
    • ‘After a painful hobble to the bench, I sat and watched out the clock.’
    • ‘He took a step, more like a hobble with his crutches, closer.’
    • ‘I had a sort of odd hobble going on, I had crutches but it was still really painful.’
    • ‘I could tell by her hobble that she had just put her heels on.’
  • 2A rope or strap used for hobbling a horse or other animal.

    • ‘Soon thereafter ride participants saw her with the short lead rope and hobbles in place, learning a lesson in discipline!’
    • ‘Then he took the hobbles off his black horse, which had been grazing nearby throughout the night, and slung the queen onto the mare's back over his saddlebags.’
    • ‘Trist leaped to the ground and removed the hobbles, picked up his rifle and the canteens, and grabbed the reins of the mare.’
    • ‘They had either broken their hobbles or moved an unusually long distance away during the night.’
    • ‘I ran up the cliff face and pulled off the hobbles, before pulling myself unto the mare's back.’

Origin

Middle English: probably of Dutch or Low German origin and related to Dutch hobbelen rock from side to side.

Pronunciation:

hobble

/ˈhɒb(ə)l/