- a chain or shackle placed on the feet.
- Usually fetters. anything that confines or restrains: Boredom puts fetters upon the imagination.
- to put fetters upon.
- to confine; restrain.
Origin of fetter
Examples from the Web for fettering
From heaven came the chains, that were used for fettering the minds of mortals.Good Sense
Paul Henri Thiry, Baron D'Holbach
But there's nothing so fettering, so despicable as good form.The Vision Spendid
William MacLeod Raine
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)
As soon as the Light appeared, the boy found himself delivered from the fettering power of the Evil One.The Strength of the 'Mormon' Position
Orson F. Whitney
But Dryden alone moves unfettered in the fettering couplet—alone of those who have submitted to the fetters.
- (often plural) a chain or bond fastened round the ankle; shackle
- (usually plural) a check or restraintin fetters
- to restrict or confine
- to bind in fetters
Word Origin and History for fettering
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.