hobbledehoy "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 (Cf. hobgoblin)), the second element perhaps is M.Fr. de haye "worthless, untamed, wild," lit. "of the hedge."

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  • Hobbledehoy — Hob ble*de*hoy , Hobbletehoy Hob ble*te*hoy , n. [Written also {hobbetyhoy}, {hobbarddehoy}, {hobbedehoy}, {hobdehoy}.] [ Cf. Prob. E. hobbledygee with a limping movement; also F. hobereau, a country squire, E. hobby, and OF. hoi to day; perh.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hobbledehoy — [häb′əl dē hoi΄] n. [earlier hoberdihoye, hobbedihoy, prob. based on HOB2 with cross assoc. < HOBBLE, HOBBY1] a boy or adolescent youth, esp. one who is awkward and gawky …   English World dictionary

  • hobbledehoy — noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1540 an awkward gawky youth …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hobbledehoy — /hob euhl dee hoy /, n. an awkward, ungainly youth. [1530 40; var. of hoberdyhoy, alliterative compound, equiv. to hoberd (var. of Roberd Robert) + Y2 + hoy for BOY (b > h for alliteration; see HOB2)] * * * …   Universalium

  • hobbledehoy — noun An awkward adolescent boy …   Wiktionary

  • hobbledehoy — hob·ble·de·hoy || ‚hÉ‘bldɪ hɔɪ /‚hÉ’b n. boy maturing into manhood; clumsy or awkward boy …   English contemporary dictionary

  • hobbledehoy — [ hɒb(ə)ldɪˌhɔɪ] noun informal, dated a clumsy or awkward youth. Origin C16: of unknown origin …   English new terms dictionary

  • hobbledehoy — noun (C) old fashioned a rude young person …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • hobbledehoy — hob·ble·de·hoy …   English syllables

  • hobbledehoy — hob•ble•de•hoy [[t]ˈhɒb əl diˌhɔɪ[/t]] n. an awkward ungainly youth • Etymology: 1530–40; orig. uncert …   From formal English to slang

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