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With a rough, harsh, grating voice or sound. Dryden.


Harshness or roughness of voice or sound; preternatural asperity of voice. Arbuthnot.


Making a rough grating sound. Allen.

HOAR'STONE, n. [Arm. harz, a bound or limit. “In many parts of Great Britain are to be seen certain upright, rude pillars, or massive blocks of stone, which in England are called hoarstones, or by a name of nearly the same sound, with all the gradations of dialectical variety. Their appellation in Scotland is the Hare-stane.”]

A land-mark; a stone designating the bounds of an estate.

HOAR'Y, a. [See Hoar.]

  1. White or whitish; as, the hoary willows. Addison.
  2. White or gray with age; as, hoary hairs; a hoary head. Reverence the hoary head. Dwight.
  3. Moldy; mossy, or covered with a white pubescence. Botany.

HOAX, n. [Sax. hucse, or hucx, contempt, irony, derision; or W. hoced, cheat, deceit, juggle, trick.]

Something done for deception or mockery; a trick played off in sport.

HOAX, v.t.

To deceive; to play a trick upon for sport, or without malice. [A colloquial word, but not elegant.]

HOAX'ED, pp.

Deceived; played a trick upon for sport.

HOAX'ING, ppr.

Deceiving; tricking, without malice.

HOB, or HUB, n. [Dan. hob, a heap; or W. hob, that which swells.]

The nave of a wheel; a solid piece of timber in which the spokes are inserted. Washington.

HOB, n.

A clown; a fairy.


The principles of the skeptical Thomas Hobbes. Skelton.


A follower of Hobbes.


  1. An unequal halting gait; an encumbered awkward step. He has a hobble in his gait. Swift.
  2. Difficulty; perplexity.

HOB'BLE, v.i. [W. hobelu, to hop, to hobble. See Hop.]

  1. To walk lamely, bearing chiefly on one leg; to limp; to walk with a hitch or hop, or with crutches. The friar was hobbling the same way too. Dryden.
  2. To walk awkwardly, as when the feet are encumbered with a clog, or with fetters.
  3. To move roughly or irregularly, as verse. While you Pindaric truths rehearse, / She hobbles in alternate verse. Prior.

HOB'BLE, v.t.

To perplex. [Not in use.]


A cant phrase for a boy at the age of puberty. Swift.


One that hobbles.

HOB'BLER, n.2 [from hobby.]

One who by his tenure was to maintain a hobby for military service; or one who served as a soldier on a hobby with light armor. Encyc. Davies.


Walking with a halting or interrupted step.


With a limping or interrupted step.

HOB'BY, n.1 [W. hobel, what stops or starts suddenly; Arm. hoberell; Fr. hobereau.]

A kind of hawk; a hawk of the lure. Encyc.

HOB'BY, n.2 [Norm. Fr. hobyn, and alied to the preceding.]

  1. A strong active horse, of a middle size, said to have been originally from Ireland; a nag; a pacing horse; a garran. Johnson. Encyc.
  2. A stick, or figure of a horse, on which boys ride.
  3. Any favorite object; that which a person pursues with zeal or delight.
  4. A stupid fellow.

HOB'BY-HORSE, n. [tautological.]

  1. A hobby; a wooden horse on which boys ride.
  2. A character in the old May games. Douce.
  3. A stupid or foolish person. Shak.
  4. The favorite object of pursuit.

HOB'GOB-LIN, n. [probably W. hob, hop, and goblin.]

A fairy; a frightful apparition.