Definition of hobbledehoy in English:


Syllabification: hob·ble·de·hoy
Pronunciation: /ˈhäbəldēˌhoi
informal dated


  • A clumsy or awkward youth.
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    • It listed the views of various members of Congress: not any old hobbledehoys either, but the party leaders, mostly Republican, whose support would be crucial to the political viability of any Pentagon plan.
    • The true hobbledehoy is much alone, not being greatly given to social intercourse even with other hobbledehoys.
    • He looked frankly what he was - a hobbledehoy - though he made great efforts to seem grown up.


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  • Awkward or clumsy: his hobbledehoy hands


mid 16th century: of unknown origin.

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