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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The true hobbledehoy is much alone, not being greatly given to social intercourse even with other hobbledehoys.’
Awkward or clumsy.‘his hobbledehoy hands’
Mid 16th century: of unknown origin.
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