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Hobble De Hoy

I found this one in elementary school randomly looking through the dictionary. Me and my friend found it amusing.
A hobbledehoy is a clumsy or awkward youth.

You will not find a better description of the type than in Anthony Trollope’s The Small House at Allington: “Such young men are often awkward, ungainly, and not yet formed in their gait; they straggle with their limbs, and are shy; words do not come to them with ease, when words are required, among any but their accustomed associates. Social meetings are periods of penance to them, and any appearance in public will unnerve them. They go much about alone, and blush when women speak to them. In truth, they are not as yet men, whatever the number may be of their years; and, as they are no longer boys, the world has found for them the ungraceful name of hobbledehoy”.

I kind of like this sort of chap...
Kittychanel Kittychanel 41-45, F Feb 8, 2013

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