fetterer

fetter

[fet-er]
noun
1.
a chain or shackle placed on the feet.
2.
Usually, fetters. anything that confines or restrains: Boredom puts fetters upon the imagination.
verb (used with object)
3.
to put fetters upon.
4.
to confine; restrain.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English, Old English feter; cognate with Old High German fezzera, Old Norse fjǫturr; akin to foot

fetterer, noun
fetterless, adjective
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fetter (ˈfɛtə)
 
n
1.  (often plural) a chain or bond fastened round the ankle; shackle
2.  (usually plural) a check or restraint: in fetters
 
vb
3.  to restrict or confine
4.  to bind in fetters
 
[Old English fetor; related to Old Norse fjöturr fetter, Old High German fezzera, Latin pedica fetter, impedīre to hinder]
 
'fetterer
 
n
 
'fetterless
 
adj

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fetter
O.E. feter "chain or shackle for the feet," from P.Gmc. *fetero (cf. Du. veter, O.H.G. fezzera, O.N. fioturr), from PIE root *ped- "foot" (see foot). The generalized sense of "anything that shackles" had evolved in O.E. The verb is first recorded c.1300. Related: Fettered; fetters.
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