manacle

[ man-uh-kuhl ]
/ ˈmæn ə kəl /

noun

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.

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM manacle

un·man·a·cled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for manacle

manacle
/ (ˈmænəkəl) /

noun

(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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