noun \ˈfe-tər\

Definition of FETTER

:  a chain or shackle for the feet
:  something that confines :  restraint

Examples of FETTER

  1. <a time-honored tradition is fine as long as it doesn't become a fetter that prevents us from trying something new>
  2. <claims that government regulations are unnecessary fetters that keep him from achieving his business goals>

Origin of FETTER

Middle English feter, from Old English; akin to Old English fōt foot
First Known Use: before 12th century



: to prevent (someone or something) from moving or acting freely

: to put chains around someone's feet to prevent motion

Full Definition of FETTER

transitive verb
:  to put fetters on :  shackle
:  to restrain from motion, action, or progress

Examples of FETTER

  1. He found himself fettered by responsibilities.
  2. <museum artifacts that serve as somber reminders of the days when slaves were fettered with irons>

First Known Use of FETTER

before 12th century

Rhymes with FETTER


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