informal , dated
A clumsy or awkward youth.
More 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.
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mid 16th century: of unknown origin.
Definition of hobbledehoy in:
- The US English dictionary