Webster's Unabridged Dictionary - Letter H - Page 38

Hobble (v. t.) To fetter by tying the legs; to hopple; to clog.

Hobble (v. t.) To perplex; to embarrass.

Hobble (n.) An unequal gait; a limp; a halt; as, he has a hobble in his gait.

Hobble (n.) Same as Hopple.

Hobble (n.) Difficulty; perplexity; embarrassment.

Hobblebush (n.) A low bush (Viburnum lantanoides) having long, straggling branches and handsome flowers. It is found in the Northern United States. Called also shinhopple.

Hobbledehoy (n.) Alt. of Hobbletehoy

Hobbletehoy (n.) A youth between boy and man; an awkward, gawky young fellow .

Hobbler (n.) One who hobbles.

Hobbler (n.) One who by his tenure was to maintain a horse for military service; a kind of light horseman in the Middle Ages who was mounted on a hobby.

Hobblingly (adv.) With a limping step.

Hobbly (a.) Rough; uneven; causing one to hobble; as a hobbly road.

Hobbies (pl. ) of Hobby

Hobby (n.) A small, strong-winged European falcon (Falco subbuteo), formerly trained for hawking.

Hobby (n.) Alt. of Hobbyhorse

Hobbyhorse (n.) A strong, active horse, of a middle size, said to have been originally from Ireland; an ambling nag.

Hobbyhorse (n.) A stick, often with the head or figure of a horse, on which boys make believe to ride.

Hobbyhorse (n.) A subject or plan upon which one is constantly setting off; a favorite and ever-recurring theme of discourse, thought, or effort; that which occupies one's attention unduly, or to the weariness of others; a ruling passion.

Hobbyhorsical (n.) Pertaining to, or having, a hobby or whim; eccentric; whimsical.

Hobgoblin (n.) A frightful goblin; an imp; a bugaboo; also, a name formerly given to the household spirit, Robin Goodfellow.

Hobiler (n.) A light horseman. See 2d Hobbler.

Hobit (n.) A small mortar on a gun carriage, in use before the howitzer.

Hobnail (n.) A short, sharp-pointed, large-headed nail, -- used in shoeing houses and for studding the soles of heavy shoes.

Hobnail (n.) A clownish person; a rustic.

Hobnail (v. t.) To tread down roughly, as with hobnailed shoes.

Hobnailed (a.) See with hobnails, as a shoe.

Hobnob (adv.) Have or have not; -- a familiar invitation to reciprocal drinking.

Hobnob (adv.) At random; hit or miss. (Obs.)

Hornobbed (imp. & p. p.) of Hobnob

Hornobbing (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Hobnob

Hobnob (v. i.) To drink familiarly (with another).

Hobnob (v. i.) To associate familiarly; to be on intimate terms.

Hobnob (n.) Familiar, social intercourse.

Hobornob (adv.) See Hobnob.

Hoboy (n.) A hautboy or oboe.

Hobson's choice () A choice without an alternative; the thing offered or nothing.

Hocco (n.) The crested curassow; -- called also royal pheasant. See Curassow.

Hochepot (n.) Hotchpot.

Hock (n.) A Rhenish wine, of a light yellow color, either sparkling or still. The name is also given indiscriminately to all Rhenish wines.

Hock (n.) Alt. of Hough

Hough (n.) The joint in the hind limb of quadrupeds between the leg and shank, or tibia and tarsus, and corresponding to the ankle in man.

Hough (n.) A piece cut by butchers, esp. in pork, from either the front or hind leg, just above the foot.

Hough (n.) The popliteal space; the ham.

Hock (v. t.) To disable by cutting the tendons of the hock; to hamstring; to hough.

Hockamore (n.) A Rhenish wine. [Obs.] See Hock.

Hockday (n.) A holiday commemorating the expulsion of the Danes, formerly observed on the second Tuesday after Easter; -- called also hocktide.

Hockey (n.) A game in which two parties of players, armed with sticks curved or hooked at the end, attempt to drive any small object (as a ball or a bit of wood) toward opposite goals.

Hockey (n.) The stick used by the players.

Hockherb (n.) The mallow.

Hockled (imp. & p. p.) of Hockle

Hockling (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Hockle

Hockle (v. t.) To hamstring; to hock; to hough.

Hockle (v. t.) To mow, as stubble.

Hocus (v. t.) To deceive or cheat.

Hocus (v. t.) To adulterate; to drug; as, liquor is said to be hocused for the purpose of stupefying the drinker.

Hocus (v. t.) To stupefy with drugged liquor.

Hocus (n.) One who cheats or deceives.

Hocus (n.) Drugged liquor.

Hocuspocus (n.) A term used by jugglers in pretended incantations.

Hocuspocus (n.) A juggler or trickster.

Hocuspocus (n.) A juggler's trick; a cheat; nonsense.

Hocuspocus (v. t.) To cheat.

Hod (n.) A kind of wooden tray with a handle, borne on the shoulder, for carrying mortar, brick, etc.

Hod (n.) A utensil for holding coal; a coal scuttle.

Hoddengray (a.) Applied to coarse cloth made of undyed wool, formerly worn by Scotch peasants.

Hoddy (n.) See Dun crow, under Dun, a.

Hoddydoddy (n.) An awkward or foolish person.

Hodgepodge (n.) A mixed mass; a medley. See Hotchpot.

Hodgkin's disease () A morbid condition characterized by progressive anaemia and enlargement of the lymphatic glands; -- first described by Dr. Hodgkin, an English physician.

Hodiern (a.) Alt. of Hodiernal

Hodiernal (a.) Of this day; belonging to the present day.

Hodmen (pl. ) of Hodman

Hodman (n.) A man who carries a hod; a mason's tender.

Hodmandod (n.) See Dodman.

Hodograph (n.) A curve described by the moving extremity of a line the other end of which is fixed, this line being constantly parallel to the direction of motion of, and having its length constantly proportional to the velocity of, a point moving in any path; -used in investigations respecting central forces.

Hodometer (n.) See Odometer.

Hoe (n.) A tool chiefly for digging up weeds, and arranging the earth about plants in fields and gardens. It is made of a flat blade of iron or steel having an eye or tang by which it is attached to a wooden handle at an acute angle.

Hoe (n.) The horned or piked dogfish. See Dogfish.

Hoed (imp. & p. p.) of Hoe

Hoeing (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Hoe

Hoe (v. t.) To cut, dig, scrape, turn, arrange, or clean, with a hoe; as, to hoe the earth in a garden; also, to clear from weeds, or to loosen or arrange the earth about, with a hoe; as, to hoe corn.

Hoe (v. i.) To use a hoe; to labor with a hoe.

Hoecake (n.) A cake of Indian meal, water, and salt, baked before the fire or in the ashes; -- so called because often cooked on a hoe.

Hoemother (n.) The basking or liver shark; -- called also homer. See Liver shark, under Liver.

Hoful (a.) Careful; wary.

Hog (n.) A quadruped of the genus Sus, and allied genera of Suidae; esp., the domesticated varieties of S. scrofa, kept for their fat and meat, called, respectively, lard and pork; swine; porker; specifically, a castrated boar; a barrow.

Hog (n.) A mean, filthy, or gluttonous fellow.

Hog (n.) A young sheep that has not been shorn.

Hog (n.) A rough, flat scrubbing broom for scrubbing a ship's bottom under water.

Hog (n.) A device for mixing and stirring the pulp of which paper is made.

Hogged (imp. & p. p.) of Hog

Hogging (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Hog

Hog (v. t.) To cut short like bristles; as, to hog the mane of a horse.

Hog (v. t.) To scrub with a hog, or scrubbing broom.

Hog (v. i.) To become bent upward in the middle, like a hog's back; -- said of a ship broken or strained so as to have this form.

Hogback (n.) An upward curve or very obtuse angle in the upper surface of any member, as of a timber laid horizontally; -- the opposite of camber.

Hogback (n.) See Hogframe.

Hogback (n.) A ridge formed by tilted strata; hence, any ridge with a sharp summit, and steeply sloping sides.

Hogchain (n.) A chain or tie rod, in a boat or barge, to prevent the vessel from hogging.

Hogchoker (n.) An American sole (Achirus lineatus, or A. achirus), related to the European sole, but of no market value.

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