hobbledehoy [hob-uh l-dee-hoi] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. an awkward, ungainly youth.

Origin of hobbledehoy 1530–40; variant of hoberdyhoy, alliterative compound, equivalent to hoberd (variant of Roberd Robert) + -y2 + -hoy for boy (b > h for alliteration; see hob2) Examples from the Web for hobbledehoy Historical Examples of hobbledehoy

  • But what I can’t understand is why you should be so sorry for a hobbledehoy like that.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete

    Martin Anderson Nexo

  • Janice, however, never lost her temper with this hobbledehoy cousin.

    Janice Day

    Helen Beecher Long

  • “Tas the way with them foweners,” said the first hobbledehoy sagely.

    The Wonderful Visit

    Herbert George Wells

  • Aye, and have ever since she was in pinafores, and I a hobbledehoy in Master Wytheby’s school.

    The Master of Appleby

    Francis Lynde

  • A man rarely carries his shyness past the hobbledehoy period.

    Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • British Dictionary definitions for hobbledehoy hobbledehoy noun

    1. archaic, or dialect a clumsy or bad-mannered youth

    Word Origin for hobbledehoy C16: from earlier hobbard de hoy, of uncertain origin Word Origin and History for hobbledehoy n.

    “clumsy or awkward youth,” 1530s, of uncertain origin and the subject of much discussion. First element is probably hob in its sense of “clown, prankster” (see hobgoblin), the second element perhaps is Middle French de haye “worthless, untamed, wild,” literally “of the hedge.”

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