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Definition of hobble verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    hobble

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈhɒbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːbl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hobble
    BrE BrE//ˈhɒbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːbl//
     
    he / she / it hobbles
    BrE BrE//ˈhɒblz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːblz//
     
    past simple hobbled
    BrE BrE//ˈhɒbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːbld//
     
    past participle hobbled
    BrE BrE//ˈhɒbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːbld//
     
    -ing form hobbling
    BrE BrE//ˈhɒblɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːblɪŋ//
     
    Position and movement, Injuries
     
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  1. 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. See related entries: Position and movement, Injuries
  2. 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. 3[transitive] hobble something to make it more difficult for somebody to do something or for something to happen Our work is hobbled by the amount of bureaucracy involved.
  4. Word Origin Middle English: probably of Dutch or Low German origin and related to Dutch hobbelen ‘rock from side to side’.Extra examples He was still hobbling around with a stick. She hobbled painfully home. an old lady hobbling down the road He used to hobble around the yard on crutches. I hobbled off to find my missing shoe. She hobbled painfully back to the hut.
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