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hob·ble  audio  (hbl) KEY 

VERB:
hob·bled, hob·bling, hob·bles
VERB:
intr.
To walk or move along haltingly or with difficulty; limp.
VERB:
tr.
  1. To put a device around the legs of (a horse, for example) so as to hamper but not prevent movement.
  2. To cause to limp.
  3. To hamper the action or progress of; impede. See Synonyms at hamper1.
NOUN:
  1. A hobbling walk or gait.
  2. A device, such as a rope or strap, used to hobble an animal.
  3. Archaic An awkward situation.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English hobblen, of Low German origin; akin to Middle Dutch hobbelen, to roll

OTHER FORMS:
hobbler(Noun)


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