[ shak-uhl ]
/ ˈʃæk əl /


verb (used with object), shack·led, shack·ling.

Nearby words

  1. shache,
  2. shack,
  3. shack up,
  4. shack-tapping,
  5. shacket,
  6. shacklebolt,
  7. shackleton,
  8. shackleton, sir ernest henry,
  9. shacko,
  10. shackup

Origin of shackle

before 1000; (noun) Middle English schakle, schakyl(le); Old English sceacel fetter; cognate with Low German schakel hobble, Old Norse skǫkull wagon pole, (v.) late Middle English schaklyn, derivative of the noun

Related formsshack·ler, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for shackle


/ (ˈʃækəl) /


(often plural) a metal ring or fastening, usually part of a pair used to secure a person's wrists or ankles; fetter
(often plural) anything that confines or restricts freedom
a rope, tether, or hobble for an animal
a U-shaped bracket, the open end of which is closed by a bolt (shackle pin), used for securing ropes, chains, etc

verb (tr)

to confine with or as if with shackles
to fasten or connect with a shackle
Derived Formsshackler, noun

Word Origin for shackle

Old English sceacel; related to Dutch schakel, Old Norse skokull wagon pole, Latin cingere to surround

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Word Origin and History for shackle
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