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hobbledehoy

[hob-uh l-dee-hoi] /ˈhɒb əl diˌhɔɪ/
noun
1.
an awkward, ungainly youth.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; variant of hoberdyhoy, alliterative compound, equivalent to hoberd (variant of Roberd Robert) + -y2 + -hoy for boy (b > h for alliteration; see hob2)
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British Dictionary definitions for hobbledehoys

hobbledehoy

/ˌhɒbəldɪˈhɔɪ/
noun
1.
(archaic or dialect) a clumsy or bad-mannered youth
Word Origin
C16: from earlier hobbard de hoy, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for hobbledehoys

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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