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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Hobble \Hob"ble\, v. 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. [1913 Webster] The friar was hobbling the same way too. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To move roughly or irregularly; -- said of style in writing. --Prior. [1913 Webster] The hobbling versification, the mean diction. --Jeffreys. [1913 Webster]