hitch vs hobble what difference

what is difference between hitch and hobble

English

Etymology

Probably from Middle English hicchen, hytchen, icchen (to move; to move as with a jerk), of obscure origin. Lacks cognates in other languages. Compare itch, hike.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /hɪtʃ/
  • Rhymes: -ɪtʃ

Noun

hitch (plural hitches)

  1. A sudden pull.
  2. Any of various knots used to attach a rope to an object other than another rope.
  3. A fastener or connection point, as for a trailer.
  4. (informal) A problem, delay or source of difficulty.
  5. A hidden or unfavorable condition or element.
    Synonym: catch
  6. (military, slang) A period of time spent in the military.
    • 2004, June 3, Stephen J. Hedges & Mike Dorning, Chicago Tribune; Orlando Sentinel; page pg. A.1
      U.S. TROOPS FACE LONGER ARMY HITCH; SOLDIERS BOUND FOR IRAQ, … WILL BE RETAINED

Hyponyms

  • Magnus hitch
  • midshipman’s hitch
  • rigger’s hitch
  • rolling hitch
  • taut-line hitch
  • tent-line hitch

Translations

Verb

hitch (third-person singular simple present hitches, present participle hitching, simple past and past participle hitched)

  1. (transitive) To pull with a jerk.
  2. (transitive) To attach, tie or fasten.
    Synonyms: affix, join, put together; see also Thesaurus:join
  3. (informal) To marry oneself to; especially to get hitched.
    Synonyms: splice, wed; see also Thesaurus:marry
  4. (informal, transitive) Clipping of hitchhike, to thumb a ride.
  5. (intransitive) To become entangled or caught; to be linked or yoked; to unite; to cling.
    • atoms [] which at length hitched together
  6. (intransitive) To move interruptedly or with halts, jerks, or steps; said of something obstructed or impeded.
    • To ease themselves [] by hitching into another place.
  7. (Britain) To strike the legs together in going, as horses; to interfere.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)

Translations

Derived terms

  • hitch one’s wagon to a star
  • unhitch
  • unhitched

Further reading

  • hitch on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • List of hitch knots on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

References



English

Etymology

From Middle English hobblen, hobelen, akin to Middle Dutch hoblen, hobbelen (Modern Dutch hobbelen).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈhɒbəl/
  • Rhymes: -ɒbəl

Noun

hobble (plural hobbles)

  1. (chiefly in the plural) One of the short straps tied between the legs of unfenced horses, allowing them to wander short distances but preventing them from running off.
  2. An unsteady, off-balance step.
  3. (archaic, informal) A difficult situation; a scrape.
    • 1845, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, The Cock and Anchor
      “Saddle a horse—any horse—only let him be sure and fleet,” cried Ashwoode, “and I’ll pay you his price thrice over!”
      “Well, it’s a bargain,” replied the groom, promptly; “I don’t like to see a gentleman caught in a hobble, if I can help him out of it. []
  4. (dialect, Britain and Newfoundland) An odd job; a piece of casual work.

Synonyms

  • tether (rope)

Translations

Verb

hobble (third-person singular simple present hobbles, present participle hobbling, simple past and past participle hobbled)

  1. To fetter by tying the legs; to restrict (a horse) with hobbles.
    • 1865, Charles Dickens, Doctor Marigold
      you hobble your old horse and turn him grazing
  2. To walk lame, or unevenly.
    • The friar was hobbling the same way too.
  3. (figuratively) To move roughly or irregularly.
    • 1815, William Wordsworth, The White Doe of Rylstone
      The hobbling versification, the mean diction.
  4. To perplex; to embarrass.

Synonyms

  • (walk unevenly): hirple

Derived terms

  • hobble skirt
  • hobbly
  • unhobble

Translations

Anagrams

  • hobbel

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