| source : web1913 | Hobbledehoy \Hob"ble*de*hoy`\, Hobbletehoy \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 . [Colloq.] All the men, boys, and hobbledehoys attached to the farm. --Dickens. . | source : wn | hobbledehoy n : an awkward bad-mannered adolescent boy