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hobbel (third-person singular simple present hobbels, present participle hobbelling, simple past and past participle hobbelled)

  1. (rare) Alternative form of hobble
    • 1864, Hamilton Graeme:
      The horses were hobbelled, and turned out to graze, a sufficient supply of fuel was soon procured from the quantity of dried wood that was strewed about, and a fire lighted to prepare their tea.
    • 1910, Algie Martin Simons & ‎Charles H. Kerr, The International Socialist Review - Volume 10, page 819:
      Pouget says : "The centralism which, in other countries, kills labor's initiative and hobbels the autonomy of the syndicates, disgusts the French working class; and it is that spirit of autonomy and federalism (initiative and solidarity) and which is the essence of the industrial society of the future, which gives to French syndicalism a profound revolutionary phase."
    • 1967, Wanderings in new south wales - Volume 1, page 187:
      Having hobbelled our horses, that eagerly fed on the luxuriant grass surrounding them, we crossed the river in a canoe which had been scooped by Mr. Manton 's servants from the solid trunk of a " water gum" tree, (Eucalyptus sp.) and was capable of carrying four or six persons.


hobbel (plural hobbels)

  1. (rare) Alternative form of hobble
    • 1888 -, Canada Parliament, Sessional Papers of the Parliament of the Dominion of Canada:
      They were the only Quartermasters who reported to me on the Upon taking over the Camp equipage from the various Corps, I beg to report the following shortages:The 3rd Regiment of Cavalry—One grey blanket short, six hobbels and one small mallet.
    • 1913, Field and Stream - Volume 18, page 420:
      Don't put a hobbel on yore naybur, unless you want yore own bed tied to yore hutt.
    • 2003, Aylward Shorter & ‎Maggie Price Taylor, The Shorter Family: England, America and Africa in the History of a Family, page 178:
      The sheriff, therefore, attached "one pair of iron spancels (hobbels), a black horse, a gun, three sheep, ...




Cognate to English hobble, German Hubbel.


  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɔbəl
  • IPA(key): /hɔbəl/


hobbel m (plural hobbels, diminutive hobbeltje n)

  1. bump
  2. (gait) hobble

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Uncertain; perhaps related to German Hobel "plane; carpenter's axe". Compare the nouns hobble "state of confusion; difficulty" and hobbell "part of a shoe; a cobbler".


hobbel (third-person singular present ?, present participle ?, past hobbeld, past participle hobbeld)

  1. (obsolete) to mend clumsily; cobble


  • John Jamieson, An etymological dictionary of the Scottish language: in which the words are explained in their different senses, authorized by the names of the writers by whom they are used, or the titles of the works in which they occur, and deduced from their originals, 1818
  • Hobbeld” in the Dictionary of the Scots Language, Edinburgh: Scottish Language Dictionaries.