hobbledehoy

Part of speech: noun

An awkward stripling.

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Usage examples "hobbledehoy":

  1. The hobbledehoy is sure to be the winner, for she is less laden, and the father loses time by singing as he comes. - "Dear Brutus", J. M. Barrie.
  2. The David, to state the matter frankly, is a colossal hobbledehoy. - "The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti", John Addington Symonds.
  3. She called him a hobbledehoy, said his mother was 'common', and that coming from a home like that, he would never amount to anything or have an education. - "The City of Fire", Grace Livingston Hill.