shackle

10 ENTRIES FOUND:

1shack·le

noun \ˈsha-kəl\

: one of two rings or bands that are placed around a person's wrists or ankles and that are connected by a chain

shackles : something that prevents people from acting freely

Full Definition of SHACKLE

1
:  something (as a manacle or fetter) that confines the legs or arms
2
:  something that checks or prevents free action as if by fetters —usually used in plural
3
:  a usually U-shaped fastening device secured by a bolt or pin through holes in the end of the two arms
4
:  a length of cable or anchor chain of usually 15 fathoms

Examples of SHACKLE

  1. <placed shackles on the legs of the prisoners>
  2. <the shackles of illiteracy can be just as confining as leg irons>

Origin of SHACKLE

Middle English schakel, from Old English sceacul; akin to Old Norse skǫkull pole of a cart
First Known Use: before 12th century

2shackle

transitive verb

: to put shackles on (someone or something)

shack·ledshack·ling \-k(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of SHACKLE

1
a :  to bind with shackles :  fetter
b :  to make fast with or as if with a shackle
2
:  to deprive of freedom especially of action by means of restrictions or handicaps :  impede
shack·ler \-k(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of SHACKLE

  1. The guard shackled the prisoner.
  2. <unwilling to shackle the dogs to the wall of the house>

First Known Use of SHACKLE

15th century

Rhymes with SHACKLE

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: shackle bar
Previous Word in the Dictionary: shackel
All Words Near: shackle

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up shackle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More