- 1 [intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to walk with difficulty, especially because your feet or legs hurt synonym limp The old man hobbled across the road. She was hobbling around on crutches.
- 2[transitive] hobble something to tie together two legs of a horse or other animal in order to stop it from running away The horse's hind legs had been hobbled.
- 3[transitive] hobble something to make it more difficult for someone to do something or for something to happen Our work is hobbled by the amount of bureaucracy involved.
NAmE//ˈhɑbl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hobble
he / she / it hobbles
past simple hobbled
-ing form hobbling