hobbledehoy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hobbledehoy an awkward bad-mannered adolescent boy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hobbledehoy A youth between boy and man; an awkward, gawky young fellow . "All the men, boys, and hobbledehoys attached to the farm."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hobbledehoy A stripling; a youth in the half-formed age preceding manhood; a raw, awkward youth.
    • n hobbledehoy A large unmanageable top.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hobbledehoy hob′l-de-hoi′ an awkward youth, a stripling, neither man nor boy
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Prob. E. hobbledygee, with a limping movement; also F. hobereau, a country squire, E. hobby, and OF. hoi, to-day; perh. the orig. sense was, an upstart of to-day
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. conn. with hobble, referring to awkward gait.

Usage

In literature:

A man rarely carries his shyness past the hobbledehoy period.
"Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow" by Jerome K. Jerome
I WAS a bush hobbledehoy in those days, Joan.
"Lady Bridget in the Never-Never Land" by Rosa Praed
That confirmed bloody hobbledehoy is it?
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
Just the sort of romantic, impressionable hobbledehoy such women angle for.
"Hilda Wade" by Grant Allen
Peter stood looking at the hobbledehoy without smiling.
"Birthright" by T.S. Stribling
The hobbledehoy was almost as timorously entranced as he had been in infancy by untimely tale of crime.
"" by E.W. Hornung
A ragged hobbledehoy stood on the Vanderbilt grounds at Biltmore, mouth open but silent, watching a gardener at work.
"Our Southern Highlanders" by Horace Kephart
The first sign that heralded the train's approach was the arrival of a hobbledehoy rustic of about sixteen on the platform.
"Long Live the King" by Guy Boothby
Never had Janice seen the hobbledehoy act so strangely!
"Janice Day" by Helen Beecher Long
A rude hobbledehoy of the St Malo peasant class opened the hut door and stared.
"Love's Usuries" by Louis Creswicke
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