hobbler

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old English also hobeler, Old French hobelier, Latin hobellarius. See hobby (a horse).

Noun[edit]

hobbler (plural hobblers)

  1. One who hobbles.
  2. (Britain, historical) One who by his tenure was to maintain a horse for military service; a kind of light horseman in the Middle Ages who was mounted on a hobby.
    • 1954, James Francis Lydon, The hobelar: An Irish contribution to medieval warfare, Irish Sword, II, v, pp. 12–16.
      • However superior the Norman knight might be upon the field of battle, the bogs and woods of Ireland gave little opportunity for the mail-clad charge. Thus there evolved in Ireland, as a habitual part of every Anglo-Norman force, a type of light horseman, which came to known as the hobelar.
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