l) KEY VERB: hob·bled
, hob·bles VERB: intr.
- To walk or move along haltingly or with difficulty; limp.
- To put a device around the legs of (a horse, for example) so as to hamper but not prevent movement.
- To cause to limp.
- To hamper the action or progress of; impede. See Synonyms at hamper1.
- A hobbling walk or gait.
- A device, such as a rope or strap, used to hobble an animal.
- Archaic An awkward situation.
Middle English hobblen
, of Low German origin
; akin to Middle Dutch hobbelen
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