[ hand-kuhf ]
/ ˈhændˌkʌf /


a ring-shaped metal device that can be locked around a person's wrist, usually one of a pair connected by a short chain or linked bar; shackle: The police put handcuffs on the suspect.

verb (used with object)

to put handcuffs on.
to restrain or thwart (someone) by or as if by handcuffing: The amendments handcuffed the committee and prevented further action.

Origin of handcuff

First recorded in 1635–45; hand + cuff1

Related forms

un·hand·cuff, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for handcuff


/ (ˈhændˌkʌf) /


(tr) to put handcuffs on (a person); manacle


(plural) a pair of locking metal rings joined by a short bar or chain for securing prisoners, etc
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