Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
result(s) from the 1913
Hob"ble (?), n. i. [imp. & p. p. Hobbled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Hobbling (?).] [OE. hobelen, hoblen, freq. of hoppen to hop; akin to D. hobbelen, hoblen, hoppeln. See Hop to jump, and cf. Hopple ]
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.
2. To move roughly or irregularly; -- said of style in writing.
The hobbling versification, the mean diction.
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.
result(s) from the 1828
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.