American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1

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Author: Noah Webster

Hobble

HOB’BLE, v.i.

1. To walk lamely, bearing chiefly on one leg; to limp; to walk with a hitch or hop, or with crutches.

The friar was hobbling the same way too.

2. To walk awkwardly, as when the feet are encumbered with a clog, or with fetters.

3. To move roughly or irregularly, as verse.

While you Pindaric truths rehearse,

She hobbles in alternate verse.

HOB’BLE, v.t. To perplex. [Not in use.]

HOB’BLE, n. An unequal halting gait; an encumbered awkward step.

He has a hobble in his gait.

1. Difficulty; perplexity.

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Chicago: Noah Webster Jr., "Hobble," American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1 in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1 (New York: S. Converse, 1828), Original Sources, accessed March 1, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=9QS7X15ZIRX614J.

MLA: Webster, Noah, Jr. "Hobble." American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1, in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1, New York, S. Converse, 1828, Original Sources. 1 Mar. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=9QS7X15ZIRX614J.

Harvard: Webster, N, 'Hobble' in American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1. cited in 1828, An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1, S. Converse, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 1 March 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=9QS7X15ZIRX614J.