1 a shackle for the ankles or feet [syn: fetter]
1 walk impeded by some physical limitation or injury; "The old woman hobbles down to the store every day" [syn: limp, hitch]
2 hamper the action or progress of; "The chairman was hobbled by the all-powerful dean"
3 strap the foreleg and hind leg together on each side (of a horse) in order to keep the like-sided legs moving in unison; "hobble race horses" [syn: hopple]
- Rhymes: -ɒbəl
Nounusually in plural
- To restrict a horse with hobbles.
- To walk unevenly.
To hobble means to walk unevenly, in an impeded manner -- or to cause this condition in some other entity.
Hobble may also refer to:
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