• IPA: /ˈhɒbəl/

hobble (plural hobbles)

  1. (mostly, in the plural) One of the short straps tied between the legs of unfenced horses, allowing them to wander short distances but preventing them from running off.
  2. An unsteady, off-balance step.
  3. A difficult situation; a scrape.
  4. (dialect, UK and Newfoundland) An odd job; a piece of casual work.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • Italian: traballamento, barcollamento, vacillamento, sbilanciamento
  • Russian: ковыля́ние

hobble (hobbles, present participle hobbling; past and past participle hobbled)

  1. To fetter by tying the legs; to restrict (a horse) with hobbles.
  2. To walk lame, or unevenly.
    • The friar was hobbling the same way too.
  3. (figurative) To move roughly or irregularly.
    • The hobbling versification, the mean diction.
  4. To perplex; to embarrass.
  • Russian: трено́жить
  • Spanish: manear
  • Russian: ковыля́ть

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