- a shackle for the hand; handcuff.
- Usually manacles. restraints; checks.
- to handcuff; fetter.
- to hamper; restrain: He was manacled by his inhibitions.
Origin of manacle
Examples from the Web for manacled
The three were presented to the press on Sunday morning blindfolded, manacled to chairs and showing signs of severe beatings.Reality Check in Ukraine
April 27, 2014
He was manacled and guarded as though he were a raving madman.The Fat and the Thin
I have already said my hands were manacled from the back; so also were Man Sing's.In the Forbidden Land
Arnold Henry Savage Landor
His hands were manacled, his legs also were loaded with chains.Alroy
When the President was manacled and at the mercy of the House they would be satisfied.Albert Gallatin
John Austin Stevens
True, he was soon too weak to lift his manacled hands in strife.Shadows of Shasta
- (usually plural) a shackle, handcuff, or fetter, used to secure the hands of a prisoner, convict, etc
- to put manacles on
- to confine or constrain
Word Origin and History for manacled
c.1300, "to fetter with manacles," from manacle (n.). Related: Manacled; manacling.
mid-14c., "a fetter for the hand," from Old French manicle "manacles, handcuffs; bracelet; armor for the hands," from Latin manicula "handle," literally "little hand," diminutive of manicae "long sleeves of a tunic, gloves; armlets, gauntlets; handcuffs, manacles," from manus "hand" (see manual (adj.)). Related: Manacles.
In every cry of every man,
In every infant's cry of fear,
In every voice, in every ban,
The mind-forged manacles I hear
[Blake, "Songs of Experience"]