• WordNet 3.6
    • n hobbler someone who has a limp and walks with a hobbling gait
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hobbler (Eng. Hist) One who by his tenure was to maintain a horse for military service; a kind of light horseman in the Middle Ages who was mounted on a hobby.
    • n Hobbler One who hobbles.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hobbler One who or that which hobbles.
    • n hobbler One who by his tenure was to maintain a hobby for military service; hence, a soldier mounted on a hobby; a light-horseman employed in reconnoitering, intercepting convoys, etc.
    • n hobbler A man employed in towing vessels by a rope on the land, or in a small boat with oars.
    • n hobbler A horse: same as hobby.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Hobbler one who hobbles: an unlicensed pilot, casual labourer in docks, &c.: a man who tows a canal-boat with a rope
    • n Hobbler hob′lėr a horseman employed for light work, as reconnoitring, &c.: a horse.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. also hobeler, OF. hobelier, LL. hobellarius,. See Hobby a horse
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. hobelerhobin, a small horse.


In literature:

They are our own hobblers, are they not?
"Sir Nigel" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Here aged hobblers and white-haired seniors, bowed mothers and women advanced in years, walled round him in happy throng.
"Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln" by Charles L. Marson
And is there in no post a hobbler, Who should have been, by right, a cobbler?
"Fables of John Gay" by John Gay
All landholders were to furnish men-at-arms, hobblers, and archers, in proportion to their incomes.
"Life of Edward the Black Prince" by Louise Creighton