verb (used with object)
Origin of fetter
Related Words for fetterhinder, hog-tie, clog, chain, encumber, repress, bind, manacle, leash, check, restrict, trammel, shackle, handcuff, cuff, hobble, restrain, curb, confine, hamper
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Historical Examples of fetter
Briefly, I sketched the Chief's report, Fetter nodding every few words.Priestess of the Flame
Sewell Peaslee Wright
Marriage is no fetter about a man or woman, binding both to that which they may get to hate.The Soul of a People
Each engagement, even a temporary one, was felt as a fetter by Erasmus.Erasmus and the Age of Reformation
It is a bauble meant to gratify her: why make it a fetter, be it ever so light a one?Molly Bawn
Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
The groan of breaking hearts is there—The falling lash—the fetter's clank!The Liberty Minstrel
George W. Clark
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.