fetter

[fet-er]

noun

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

verb (used with object)

to put fetters upon.
to confine; restrain.

Nearby words

  1. fetoscopic,
  2. fetoscopist,
  3. fetoscopy,
  4. fetotoxicity,
  5. fetta,
  6. fetter bone,
  7. fetterbush,
  8. fetterlock,
  9. fettle,
  10. fettler

Origin of fetter

before 900; Middle English, Old English feter; cognate with Old High German fezzera, Old Norse fjǫturr; akin to foot

Related formsfet·ter·er, nounfet·ter·less, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for fetter

fetter

noun

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

verb (tr)

to restrict or confine
to bind in fetters
Derived Formsfetterer, nounfetterless, adjective

Word Origin for fetter

Old English fetor; related to Old Norse fjöturr fetter, Old High German fezzera, Latin pedica fetter, impedīre to hinder

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