fetter

[ fet-er ]
/ ˈfɛt ər /

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.

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Origin of fetter

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

OTHER WORDS FROM fetter

fet·ter·er, nounfet·ter·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for fetter

fetter
/ (ˈfɛtə) /

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 forms of fetter

fetterer, 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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