hobbledehoy

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an awkward bad-mannered adolescent boy

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Besides, the best have to get through the hobbledehoy age, and that's the very time they need most patience and kindness.
For instance, one may look upon Racine as a broken-down, hobbledehoy, perfumed individual--one may even be unable to read him; and I too may think him the same, as well as, in some respects, a subject for ridicule.
This is a boy, or a youth, or a lad, or a young man, or a hobbledehoy, or whatever you like to call him, of eighteen or nineteen, or thereabouts,' said Ralph.
Hardly a man or woman with any pretensions to selfrespect could be seen at the Mop last Monday, and the thousands were composed of shouting hobbledehoys, screaming girls, drunken men and shouting women.
They were hobbledehoys, my grandmother said, riff-raff all, and what is more, respectable people did not go there, or at least, did not like to be seen going there - only the Rodneys from the Rhondda Valley.