- IPA: /ˈhɒbəl/
hobble (plural hobbles)
- (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.
- An unsteady, off-balance step.
- A difficult situation; a scrape.
- (dialect, UK and Newfoundland) An odd job; a piece of casual work.
- tether (rope)
- French: entrave, abot
- German: Fußfessel, Spannstrick
- Italian: pastoia, ceppi, lacci
- Russian: трено́га
- Spanish: manea, suelta, atadura
- Italian: traballamento, barcollamento, vacillamento, sbilanciamento
- Russian: ковыля́ние
hobble (hobbles, present participle hobbling; past and past participle hobbled)
- To fetter by tying the legs; to restrict (a horse) with hobbles.
- To walk lame, or unevenly.
- The friar was hobbling the same way too.
- (figurative) To move roughly or irregularly.
- The hobbling versification, the mean diction.
- To perplex; to embarrass.
- Russian: трено́жить
- Spanish: manear
- Russian: ковыля́ть