verb (used with object)
- fetter bone,
Origin of fetter
Examples from the Web for fettering
There is no call for wonder that he should have reacted violently against these fettering restrictions.Inquiries and Opinions|Brander Matthews
When this also failed, he put him in close imprisonment, fettering both neck and hands.The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI|Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
The hands and feet strained impotently against the fettering cords.The Gray Phantom|Herman Landon
And hearing it, she was aware of a great coldness that clung like a chain, fettering her every movement.The Tidal Wave and Other Stories|Ethel May Dell
But such restraint as this became, in a short time, so fettering, that the Abb determined to break away from it.Political Women, Vol. 2 (of 2)|Sutherland Menzies
Word Origin for fetter
c.1300, from Old English gefetrian (see fetter (n.)). Related: Fettered; fettering.
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.