hob·ble /ˈhɑbəl/ 動詞
Hob·ble v. i. [imp. & p. p. Hobbled p. pr. & vb. n. Hobbling ]
1. To walk lame, bearing chiefly on one leg; to walk with a hitch or hop, or with crutches.
The friar was hobbling the same way too. --Dryden.
2. To move roughly or irregularly; -- said of style in writing.
The hobbling versification, the mean diction. --Jeffreys.
Hob·ble, v. t.
1. To fetter by tying the legs; to hopple; to clog. “ They hobbled their horses.”
2. To perplex; to embarrass.
1. An unequal gait; a limp; a halt; as, he has a hobble in his gait.
2. Same as Hopple.
3. Difficulty; perplexity; embarrassment.
n 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]
v 1: walk impeded by some physical limitation or injury; "The old
woman hobbles down to the store every day" [syn: limp,
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]