|Origin:||Probably from Dutch or Low German|
1 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
to walk with difficulty, especially because your legs or feet hurt [↪ limp]:
He hobbled into the room on crutches.
2 [transitive usually passive]
to deliberately make sure that a plan, system etc cannot work successfully:
Many start-ups are hobbled by a lack of sufficient capital.
to loosely fasten two of an animal's legs together, to stop it from running away