[ man-uh-kuh l ]
/ ˈmæn ə kəl /


a shackle for the hand; handcuff.
Usually manacles. restraints; checks.

verb (used with object), man·a·cled, man·a·cling.

to handcuff; fetter.
to hamper; restrain: He was manacled by his inhibitions.

Origin of manacle

1275–1325; Middle English, variant of manicle < Middle French: handcuff < Latin manicula small hand, handle of a plow. See manus, -i-, -cle1

Related forms

un·man·a·cled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for manacle


/ (ˈmænəkəl) /


(usually plural) a shackle, handcuff, or fetter, used to secure the hands of a prisoner, convict, etc

verb (tr)

to put manacles on
to confine or constrain

Word Origin for manacle

C14: via Old French from Latin manicula, diminutive of manus hand
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