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
- n. An unequal gait; a limp; a halt.
- n. Same as Hopple.
- n. Difficulty; perplexity; embarrassment.
- 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.
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
Numps has sent for me to see poor little Greek and Latin hobble to the altar, but, 'tis a million to one, if our noble baronet does not whisk you there before her.
Ironically (or not), with the rising militancy of suffragists, skirts began to narrow until they became the barreled, banded style known as the hobble skirt.
Let not my length and my breadth nor yet my bulk delude thee, with respect to the son of Adam; for he, of the excess of his guile and his cunning, fashions for me a thing called a hobble and hobbles my four legs with ropes of palm-fibres, bound with felt, and makes me fast by the head to a high picket, so that I remain standing and can neither sit nor lie down, being tied up.
` ` Normally, when that type of thing happens, it's painful at first, you kind of hobble off and then it goes away, '' Redick said.
So when the prosecutor called him to the witness stand, it took what seemed like forever for him to kind of hobble up to the stand.
At several points in the decision, the judge notes that Williams and MacDonald considered Henley's work to have been a "hobble", local slang for a small, inconsequential job.
But he watched the small figure, that did after all "hobble" a little all the way down the room as the summoned housekeeper led the way.
In excursions of this kind it is customary to "hobble" the horses; that is, to tie their fore-legs together, so that they cannot run either fast or far, but are free enough to amble about with a clumsy sort of hop in search of food.
The judges all hated Mila's dress, which was so tight and stiff that her model had to "hobble" down the runway.
"hobble" the PC multiplayer version of MW2 by not providing for dedicated servers.