I’ve been reading Michael Buckley’s ‘The Sisters Grimm‘ series and this word reminds me of one of the characters in the book, Puck, who is a trickster from one of the classic fairytales. He’s not an awkward or clumsy character but quite the opposite, full of confidence and arrogance. So this is my sketch of Puck in school!
hobbledehoy \ HOB-uhl-dee-hoy \ , noun;
Unfortunately, they have to contend with ignorant hobbledehoys who, on seeing these rows of shingle heaps, feel compelled to jump on them.
— Susan Campbell, “He grows seakale on the seashore”, Daily Telegraph , March 27, 1999
Word Origin & History
“clumsy or awkward youth,” 1540, first element is probably hob inits sense of “clown, prankster” (see hobgoblin), the second element seems to be M.Fr. de haye “worthless, untamed, wild,” lit.” of the hedge.”
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper