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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Definitions for hobbledehoy

  1. An awkward, gawky young fellow.

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Citations for hobbledehoy
For early on, girls become aware -- as much from their fathers' anguished bellows of "You're not going out dressed like that, Miss" as from the buffoonish reactions of the spotty hobbledehoys at the end-of-term disco -- of the power of clothes to seduce. Jane Shilling, Times (London)
His memories, even only reveries, of incomparable women, made me feel like a hulking hobbledehoy. Edith Anderson, Love in Exile
Origin of hobbledehoy
1530-1540
The origin of hobbledehoy is unknown, though it perhaps derives from hobble, from the awkward movements of a clumsy adolescent.