from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To walk or move along haltingly or with difficulty; limp.
- transitive v. To put a device around the legs of (a horse, for example) so as to hamper but not prevent movement.
- transitive v. To cause to limp.
- transitive v. To hamper the action or progress of; impede. See Synonyms at hamper1.
- n. A hobbling walk or gait.
- n. A device, such as a rope or strap, used to hobble an animal.
- n. Archaic An awkward situation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Short straps tied between the legs of unfenced horses, allowing them to wander short distances but preventing them from running off.
- n. An unsteady, off-balance step.
- v. To restrict a horse with hobbles.
- v. To walk unevenly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To walk lame, bearing chiefly on one leg; to walk with a hitch or hop, or with crutches.
- intransitive v. To move roughly or irregularly; -- said of style in writing.
- transitive v. To fetter by tying the legs; to hopple; to clog.
- transitive v. To perplex; to embarrass.
- n. An unequal gait; a limp; a halt.
- n. Same as Hopple.
- n. Difficulty; perplexity; embarrassment.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To go with a hop or hitch; walk with a hitch; go on crutches; go lamely; limp.
- To dance.
- To move roughly or irregularly, as verse.
- To tie the legs of together so as to impede or prevent free motion; clog; hopple.
- To perplex; embarrass.
- n. An unequal, halting gait; a limp; an awkward step.
- n. Difficulty; perplexity; scrape.
- n. Anything used to hamper the feet of an animal, especially a rope tied to the fore legs of a horse to insure its being caught when wanted; a clog; a fetter.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg
- n. a shackle for the ankles or feet
- v. strap the foreleg and hind leg together on each side (of a horse) in order to keep the legs on the same side moving in unison
- v. walk impeded by some physical limitation or injury
- v. hamper the action or progress of
Middle English hobblen, of Low German origin; akin to Middle Dutch hobbelen, to roll.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)