What does fetter mean?

Definitions for fetter
ˈfɛt ərfet·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fetter, hobbleverb

    a shackle for the ankles or feet

  2. fetter, shackleverb

    restrain with fetters


  1. fetternoun

    A chain or similar object used to bind a person or animal by its legs (usually in plural).

  2. fetternoun

    Anything that restricts or restrains in any way.

  3. fetterverb

    To shackle or bind up with fetters

  4. fetterverb

    To restrain or impede; to hamper.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fetternoun

    a chain or shackle for the feet; a chain by which an animal is confined by the foot, either made fast or disabled from free and rapid motion; a bond; a shackle

    Etymology: [imp. & p. p. Fettered (); p. pr. & vb. n. Fettering.]

  2. Fetternoun

    anything that confines or restrains; a restraint

    Etymology: [imp. & p. p. Fettered (); p. pr. & vb. n. Fettering.]

  3. Fetter

    to put fetters upon; to shackle or confine the feet of with a chain; to bind

    Etymology: [imp. & p. p. Fettered (); p. pr. & vb. n. Fettering.]

  4. Fetter

    to restrain from motion; to impose restraints on; to confine; to enchain; as, fettered by obligations

    Etymology: [imp. & p. p. Fettered (); p. pr. & vb. n. Fettering.]


  1. Fetter

    In Buddhism, a mental fetter, chain or bond shackles a sentient being to saṃsāra, the cycle of lives with dukkha. By cutting through all fetters, one attains nibbāna.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fetter

    fet′ėr, n. a chain or shackle for the feet: anything that restrains—used chiefly in pl.v.t. to put fetters on: to restrain.—adjs. Fett′ered, bound by fetters: (zool.) of feet bent backward and apparently unfit for walking; Fett′erless, without fetters, unrestrained.—n. Fett′erlock (her.) a shackle or lock. [A.S. feterfét, feet, pl. of fót, foot.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. fetter

    To put fetters upon; to shackle or confine the feet with a chain; to bind; to enchain. Deserters are sometimes fettered while undergoing punishment for the crime of desertion.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fetter in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fetter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of fetter in a Sentence

  1. Epictetus:

    Me in chains? You may fetter my leg but my will, not even Zeus himself can overpower.

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  • оковавам, ограничавам, букаи, окови, спъвамBulgarian
  • engrillonar, obstacle, impedir, grillóCatalan, Valencian
  • poutoCzech
  • FußschellenGerman
  • aherrojar, grillos, traba, manea, pihuela, impedir, pihuelas, obstáculo, engrillarSpanish
  • قید و بند, بند, غل و زنجیر, قید, بستنPersian
  • kahleet, rajoittaa, kahle, kahlitaFinnish
  • entrave, entraverFrench
  • cuibhrighIrish
  • cuibhrich, cuibhreach, dì-leumScottish Gaelic
  • béklyó, lábbilincs, bilincs, láncHungarian
  • katenizarIdo
  • hlekkja, fjötraIcelandic
  • incatenare, ceppi, ostacoli, ostacolare, ferriItalian
  • teneoLatin
  • оковува, о́ков, пра́нгаMacedonian
  • ထူးBurmese
  • boeienDutch
  • pęto, pęta, okowy, kajdanyPolish
  • prender, grilhetas, peia, ferros, agrilhoar, grilhões, acorrentar, encadearPortuguese
  • пу́ты, связывать, кандалы́, око́вы, сковывать, заковыватьRussian
  • राहुलSanskrit
  • fjättra, fotbojaSwedish
  • prangaTurkish
  • efirdjî, aroke, epîtoe, epasturer, atna, epîterWalloon
  • פעטערYiddish

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