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.
The friar was hobbling the same way too. --Dryden.
2. To move roughly or irregularly; -- said of style in
The hobbling versification, the mean diction.