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Hobbledehoy   Listen

(Written also hobbetyhoy, hobbarddehoy, hobbedehoy, hobdehoy)
An awkward bad-mannered adolescent boy.

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"Hobbledehoy" Quotes from Famous Books

... sound of my voice, which had changed from the boy's soprano into a deep bass—much deeper than it is now. It was the hoarse croak of the hobbledehoy. ...
— Vandemark's Folly • Herbert Quick

... her temper with this hobbledehoy cousin. Marty could be coaxed, if not driven. After breakfast she urged him out to the shed, and they overhauled the conglomeration of rusted and decrepit hand tools, which had been gathered by Uncle Jason during ...
— Janice Day at Poketown • Helen Beecher Long

... or her enmity was most to be dreaded. She liked those best whom she could most easily tyrannise over. Those in the other category might possibly keep aloof. For my part I feared her patronage. I remember when I was about seventeen - a self-conscious hobbledehoy - Mr. Ellice took me to one of her large receptions. She received her guests from a sort of elevated dais. When I came up - very shy - to make my salute, she asked me how old I was. 'Seventeen,' was the answer. 'That means next birthday,' she grunted. ...
— Tracks of a Rolling Stone • Henry J. Coke

... built up around the house of McGuire, the mystery surrounding the awe-inspiring prowler, the night vigils, the secrecy—all seemed to fade into a piece of hobbledehoy buffoonery at Beth's contemptuous description of her recreant relative. And he ...
— The Vagrant Duke • George Gibbs

Words linked to "Hobbledehoy" :   spring chicken, youth, younker, young person

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