One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb & nounRiding
- another term for hobble (sense 2 of the verb,
- ‘Leaving his own horse lying flat down in the long prairie grass, and the mustang hoppled, Joe rode on directly toward the emigrant camp.’
Late 16th century: probably of Low German origin and related to early Flemish hoppelen and Middle Dutch hobelen ‘jump, dance’; compare with hobble.
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