Definition of hobbledehoy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɒb(ə)ldɪˌhɔɪ/
informal, dated


A clumsy or awkward youth.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Awkward or clumsy: his hobbledehoy hands


Mid 16th century: of unknown origin.

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