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trammel

[ tram-uhl ]
/ ˈtræm əl /
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noun

verb (used with object), tram·meled, tram·mel·ing or (especially British) tram·melled, tram·mel·ling.

to involve or hold in trammels; restrain.
to catch or entangle in or as in a net.

RELATED WORDS

obstruct, cramp, clog, fetter, restrict, handcuff, curb, thwart, tether, check, manacle, shackle, restrain, tie, disrupt, hinder, frustrate, impede, hobble, hamstring

Nearby words

tram, tram flap, trama, tramadol, tramline, trammel, trammel net, trammie, tramontana, tramontane, tramp

Origin of trammel

1325–75; Middle English tramayle < Middle French tramail, variant of tremail three-mesh net < Late Latin trēmaculum, equivalent to Latin trē(s) three + macula mesh
SYNONYMS FOR trammel
Related formstram·mel·er; especially British, tram·mel·ler, nounun·tram·meled, adjectiveun·tram·melled, adjective
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trammel

/ (ˈtræməl) /

noun

verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled (tr)

Derived Formstrammeller or US trammeler, noun

Word Origin for trammel

C14: from Old French tramail three-mesh net, from Late Latin trēmaculum, from Latin trēs three + macula hole, mesh in a net
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