• WordNet 3.6
    • v hobble strap the foreleg and hind leg together on each side (of a horse) in order to keep the legs on the same side moving in unison "hobble race horses"
    • v hobble walk impeded by some physical limitation or injury "The old woman hobbles down to the store every day"
    • v hobble hamper the action or progress of "The chairman was hobbled by the all-powerful dean"
    • n hobble the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg
    • n hobble a shackle for the ankles or feet
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hobble An unequal gait; a limp; a halt; as, he has a hobble in his gait.
    • Hobble Difficulty; perplexity; embarrassment.
    • Hobble Same as Hopple.
    • Hobble To fetter by tying the legs; to hopple; to clog. "They hobbled their horses."
    • Hobble To move roughly or irregularly; -- said of style in writing. "The hobbling versification, the mean diction."
    • Hobble To perplex; to embarrass.
    • Hobble To walk lame, bearing chiefly on one leg; to walk with a hitch or hop, or with crutches. "The friar was hobbling the same way too."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hobble To go with a hop or hitch; walk with a hitch; go on crutches; go lamely; limp.
    • hobble To dance.
    • hobble To move roughly or irregularly, as verse.
    • hobble To tie the legs of together so as to impede or prevent free motion; clog; hopple.
    • hobble To perplex; embarrass.
    • n hobble An unequal, halting gait; a limp; an awkward step.
    • n hobble Difficulty; perplexity; scrape.
    • n hobble Anything used to hamper the feet of an animal, especially a rope tied to the fore legs of a horse to insure its being caught when wanted; a clog; a fetter. Hobbles are made of leather and also of iron, in various patterns; and the name of one such article is then commonly in the plural, like hand-cuffs, manacles, shackles, etc.: as, to put the hobbles on a horse or mule.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Hobble hob′l to walk with a limp: to walk awkwardly: to move irregularly
    • v.t Hobble to fasten loosely the legs of: to hamper: to perplex
    • n Hobble an awkward limping gait: a difficulty, a scrape: anything used to hamper the feet of an animal, a clog or fetter
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. hobelen, hoblen, freq. of hoppen, to hop; akin to D. hobbelen, hoblen, hoppeln,. See Hop to jump, and cf. Hopple


In literature:

In order to have a little time to think it all over, he hobbled on ahead of the others, who moved but slowly with their burden.
"Derrick Sterling" by Kirk Monroe
The tollgate keeper hobbled back to his chair, and Sairy returned to her dinner.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Thus neither animal could so much as hobble one way or the other.
"Blazed Trail Stories" by Stewart Edward White
They unsaddled and hobbled their horses.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
And, when the final curtain fell and the applause subsided, he rose to hobble to the door, glad that the evening was over.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Not long after this Sam hobbled out with the aid of his sticks to a field near his cottage.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
But, oh, Nancy, I implore you to explain to Mrs. Moxley that hobbles don't go in the mountains.
"The Motor Maids at Sunrise Camp" by Katherine Stokes
Soon however he regained his feet and hobbled off into the woods as fast as possible.
"Daniel Boone" by John S. C. Abbott
Old Bill came hobbling around the corner.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume VIII (of X)" by Various
We must hev them hosses back agin, if I hev to hobble arter 'em myself.
"Field and Forest" by Oliver Optic

In poetry:

When his speeches hobble vilely,
What! "Hear him" burst from brother Hiley,
When the faltering periods lag,
Hark to the cheers of brother Bragge.
"Ode To The" by George Canning
WHEN I am only fit to go to bed,
Or hobble out to sit within the sun,
Ring down the curtain, say the play is done,
And the last petals of the poppy shed!
"Resignation" by Bliss William Carman
Who buys of gods must pay a heavy fee.
The World loves not its dreamers overmuch.
And he who longs to drink at Castaly,
Must hobble there upon a broken crutch.
"The Poet's Advice" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
while the wrecked thing that could
not bear the light nor hide
hobbled in its own blood.
My father reached my side,
gave me the fallen gun.
'End what you have begun.'
"Barn Owl" by Gwen Harwood
The hills git awful quiet, when you have to camp alone.
It’s mighty apt to set a feller thinkin’.
You always half way waken when a hoss shoe hits a stone,
Or you hear the sound of hobble chains a clinkin’.
"Alone" by Bruce Kiskaddon
Along the roads they came, and crossed
The fields, and o'er the hills were lost,
And in the evening reappeared;
Then short like hobbled horses reared,
And down upon the grass they plumped:
Alone their Jane to glory jumped.
"Jump-To-Glory Jane" by George Meredith

In news:

Jackson's 'Hobbit' hobbled by excessive length, ambitious technology.
Running back hobbles off after running down the field on a kickoff and doesn't return.
Albany native and 2005 Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch was added back to the Patriots' active roster Wednesday in hopes he had add some veteran experience to a New England receiving corps that is young and hobbled right now.
Lakers alum, Byron Scott knows about the pressure that the 9-12 Lakers team hobbling into Cleveland faces today (game preview).
Hobbled by an ankle injury, running back Frank Gore didn't start the 49ers' 24-23 win over the Eagles on Sunday.
The Olympian article, “Pension ruling could hobble state budget,&rdquo.
As a result of what he said was a skiing accident, Sir Richard Branson hobbled on stage at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit in San Diego assisted by flight attendants from Virgin Atlantic Airways.
He continues to be hobbled by a sprained left ankle.
Teen-agers Martha Foster and Louise Clark are hobbling around Selawik on walkers this week.
The Giants lost last Sunday with receiver Hakeem Nicks hobbling and defensive end Justin Tuck on the sideline.
The Western Hockey League issued stiff penalties to the Portland Winterhawks on Wednesday that threaten to hobble the franchise for violating a series of WHL regulations.
Jackson's ' Hobbit ' hobbled by excessive length, ambitious technology.
Jacques Kallis hobbled to 58.
Moshe Yaalon told Army Radio on Tuesday, "Whoever sees the Iranian threat as a significant threat is likely to take various steps, including these, to hobble it.".
Their irrelevance and irresponsibility leave the US economy hobbled by uncertainty.