fetter


noun

  1. a chain or shackle placed on the feet.
  2. Usually fetters. anything that confines or restrains: Boredom puts fetters upon the imagination.

verb (used with object)

  1. to put fetters upon.
  2. to confine; restrain.

noun

  1. (often plural) a chain or bond fastened round the ankle; shackle
  2. (usually plural) a check or restraintin fetters

verb (tr)

  1. to restrict or confine
  2. to bind in fetters
n.

Old English fetor “chain or shackle for the feet,” from Proto-Germanic *fetero (cf. Old Saxon feteros (plural), Middle Dutch veter “fetter,” in modern Dutch “lace, string,” Old High German fezzera, Old Norse fiöturr, Swedish fjätter), from PIE root *ped- “foot” (see foot (n.)). The generalized sense of “anything that shackles” had evolved in Old English. Related Fetters.

v.

c.1300, from Old English gefetrian (see fetter (n.)). Related: Fettered; fettering.

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