verb (used with object), tram·meled, tram·mel·ing or (especially British) tram·melled, tram·mel·ling.
Origin of trammel
Synonyms for trammel
Examples from the Web for trammeled
Historical Examples of trammeled
She was determined that her sisters' lives should not be trammeled by her weakness.Girls and Women
Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}
Because he was not trammeled by the arrangements of Ahab's house.Elijah the Tishbite
C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh
But I have to live my life myself, and will not be trammeled by any conventions of your social world.The Watchers of the Plains
And even if such be needful, why must the personal essence be trammeled by the same old worn-out habiliments of error?Once a Greech
Evelyn E. Smith
It is only rarely that he is trammeled with being forced to write contrary to his convictions.News Writing
M. Lyle Spencer
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled (tr)
Word Origin for trammel
mid-14c. (implied in trammeller) "net to catch fish," from Middle French tramail, from Old French (early 13c.), from Late Latin tremaculum, perhaps meaning "a net made from three layers of meshes," from Latin tri- "three" + macula "a mesh" (see mail (2)). Italian tramaglio, Spanish trasmallo are French loan-words.
1530s, originally "to bind up (a corpse);" sense of "hinder, restrain" is from 1727, from trammel (n.). Related: Trammeled; trammeling.