manacle [man-uh-kuh l] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for manacle on noun

  1. a shackle for the hand; handcuff.
  2. Usually manacles. restraints; checks.

verb (used with object), man·a·cled, man·a·cling.

  1. to handcuff; fetter.
  2. to hamper; restrain: He was manacled by his inhibitions.

Origin of manacle 1275–1325; Middle English, variant of manicle Middle French: handcuff Latin manicula small hand, handle of a plow. See manus, -i-, -cle1 Related formsun·man·a·cled, adjective Related Words for manacle fetter, chain, bracelet, shackle, iron, bond, pinion Examples from the Web for manacle Contemporary Examples of manacle

  • Yet Romney happily slid his leg into this manacle, slammed down the padlock, and threw the key into the river.

    Michael Tomasky: Obama’s High-Stakes Gamble on Gay Marriage

    Michael Tomasky

    May 10, 2012

  • Historical Examples of manacle

  • As yet, my hand has not known the manacle, nor my feet the gyves!

    The Pirate and The Three Cutters

    Frederick Marryat

  • And, remember, if it becomes necessary, I can activate the manacle.

    The Players

    Everett B. Cole

  • In manacle and manumission we read the story of human slavery and freedom.

    The World I Live In

    Helen Keller

  • He came over and looked at the manacle about my leg and shook his head.

    The Clue of the Twisted Candle

    Edgar Wallace

  • She then took the key of the manacle out of her dress, and released me.

    The Privateersman

    Frederick Marryat

  • British Dictionary definitions for manacle manacle noun

    1. (usually plural) a shackle, handcuff, or fetter, used to secure the hands of a prisoner, convict, etc

    verb (tr)

    1. to put manacles on
    2. to confine or constrain

    Word Origin for manacle C14: via Old French from Latin manicula, diminutive of manus hand Word Origin and History for manacle n.

    mid-14c., “a fetter for the hand,” from Old French manicle “manacles, handcuffs; bracelet; armor for the hands,” from Latin manicula “handle,” literally “little hand,” diminutive of manicae “long sleeves of a tunic, gloves; armlets, gauntlets; handcuffs, manacles,” from manus “hand” (see manual (adj.)). Related: Manacles.

    In every cry of every man,
    In every infant’s cry of fear,
    In every voice, in every ban,
    The mind-forged manacles I hear

    [Blake, “Songs of Experience”] v.

    c.1300, “to fetter with manacles,” from manacle (n.). Related: Manacled; manacling.

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