One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A clumsy or awkward youth.
lout, boor, barbarian, neanderthal, churl, clown, gawk, hulk, bumpkin, yokelView synonyms
- ‘He looked frankly what he was - a hobbledehoy - though he made great efforts to seem grown up.’
- ‘The true hobbledehoy is much alone, not being greatly given to social intercourse even with other hobbledehoys.’
- ‘It listed the views of various members of Congress: not any old hobbledehoys either, but the party leaders, mostly Republican, whose support would be crucial to the political viability of any Pentagon plan.’
Awkward or clumsy.‘his hobbledehoy hands’
Mid 16th century: of unknown origin.
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