manacle [man-uh-kuh l] ExamplesWord Originnoun
- a shackle for the hand; handcuff.
- Usually manacles. restraints; checks.
verb (used with object), man·a·cled, man·a·cling.
- to handcuff; fetter.
- 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.
May 10, 2012
Historical Examples of manacle
As yet, my hand has not known the manacle, nor my feet the gyves!
And, remember, if it becomes necessary, I can activate the manacle.
Everett B. Cole
In manacle and manumission we read the story of human slavery and freedom.
He came over and looked at the manacle about my leg and shook his head.
She then took the key of the manacle out of her dress, and released me.
British Dictionary definitions for manacle manacle noun
- (usually plural) a shackle, handcuff, or fetter, used to secure the hands of a prisoner, convict, etc
- to put manacles on
- 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
c.1300, “to fetter with manacles,” from manacle (n.). Related: Manacled; manacling.