Hob"ble*de*hoy` (?), 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 orig. sense was, an upstart of to-day.]
A youth between boy and man; an awkward, gawky young fellow .
All the men, boys, and hobbledehoys attached to the farm.
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