hobble Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “hobble” in the English Dictionary

"hobble" in British English

See all translations

hobbleverb

uk   /ˈhɒb.l̩/  us   /ˈhɑː.bl̩/
  • hobble verb (WALK)

[I usually + adv/prep] to ​walk in an ​awkward way, usually because the ​feet or ​legs are ​injured: The last ​time I ​saw Rachel she was hobbling around with a ​stick. Some of the ​runners could only ​manage to hobble over the ​finishingline.
  • hobble verb (LIMIT)

[T] to ​limit something or ​control the ​freedom of someone: A ​longlist of ​amendments have hobbled the new ​legislation. [T] literary If you hobble an ​animal, ​especially a ​horse, you ​tie two of ​itslegs together so that it cannot ​run away.
(Definition of hobble from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hobble" in American English

See all translations

hobbleverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈhɑb·əl/
to ​walk with ​difficulty in an ​awkward way, or to ​cause someone to ​walk in this way, usually because of an ​injury to the ​feet or ​legs: [I always + adv/prep] He hobbled over on ​crutches.
(Definition of hobble from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of hobble?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“hobble” in British English

Word of the Day

float

a large vehicle with a flat surface that is decorated and used in festivals

Word of the Day

Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
by Liz Walter,
February 03, 2016
My previous post (My leg hurts: Talking about illness (1)) presented some general vocabulary to use at the doctor’s. This one looks at some more specific areas of illness and explains some useful words and phrases that you may need to use or understand on a visit to the doctor’s. There are several

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More