verb (used with object)
- fetter bone,
Origin of fetter
Examples from the Web for fetter
How long shall superstition and idolatry retain the power to fetter the souls of men?Carmen Ariza|Charles Francis Stocking
By the time that they had got about twenty yards beyond Fetter Lane, they might have been seen walking together, arm-in-arm.Ten Thousand a-Year (Vol. 2)|Samuel Warren
Are they not traitors; Aye, traitors to the land they help to fetter?Joan of Arc|Jane Alice Sargant
Only four hours after this overwhelming visitation in Fetter Lane, Whitefield was employed in another kind of work.
As yet you are scarcely conscious of what you would lose were you to fetter yourself by human ties.
Word Origin for fetter
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.
c.1300, from Old English gefetrian (see fetter (n.)). Related: Fettered; fettering.