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Dictionary Definition

hobble

Noun

1 a shackle for the ankles or feet [syn: fetter]
2 the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg [syn: hitch, limp]

Verb

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]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Noun

usually in plural
  1. Short straps tied between the legs of unfenced horses, allowing them to wander short distances but preventing them from running off.
  2. To step in an unsteady, off-balance manner.

Verb

  1. To restrict a horse with hobbles.
  2. To walk unevenly.

Extensive Definition

To hobble means to walk unevenly, in an impeded manner -- or to cause this condition in some other entity.
Hobble may also refer to:
  • Hobble skirt, a skirt with a narrow enough hem to significantly impede the wearer's stride
  • Hobble (device), a device used for restricting the ability to run or to walk

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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