{{11}}fetter (n.) O.E. fetor "chain or shackle for the feet," from P.Gmc. *fetero (Cf. O.S. feteros (pl.), M.Du. veter "fetter," in modern Dutch "lace, string," O.H.G. fezzera, O.N. fiöturr, Swed. fjätter), from PIE root *ped- "foot" (see FOOT (Cf. foot)). The generalized sense of "anything that shackles" had evolved in Old English. Related Fetters.
{{12}}fetter (v.) c.1300, from O.E. gefetrian (see FETTER (Cf. fetter) (n.)). Related: Fettered; fettering.

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  • Fetter — Fet ter (f[e^]t t[ e]r), n. [AS. fetor, feter; akin to OS. feter[=o]s, pl., OD. veter, OHG. fezzera, Icel. fj[ o]turr, L. pedica, Gr. pe dh, and to E. foot. [root] 77. See {Foot}.] [Chiefly used in the plural, {fetters}.] 1. A chain or shackle… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fetter — Fet ter, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fettered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fettering}.] 1. To put fetters upon; to shackle or confine the feet of with a chain; to bind. [1913 Webster] My heels are fettered, but my fist is free. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fetter — Fetter, Adolf von, preuß. General, geb. 27. Juli 1846 in Köln, wurde 1865 Leutnant, besuchte 1869–1873 mit Unterbrechung durch den Krieg die Kriegsakademie, war zur Dienstleistung beim Großen Generalstab befehligt, wirkte als Lehrer an der… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • fetter — I noun bond, bridle, catena, chain, check, compes, confinement, constraint, control, curb, detention, deterrence, deterrent, disadvantage, encumbrance, gyve, hamper, handicap, hindrance, impediment, imprisonment, incarceration, inhibition,… …   Law dictionary

  • fetter — vb shackle, *hamper, trammel, clog, manacle, hog tie Analogous words: *hinder, impede, obstruct, block, bar, dam: *restrain, curb, check: baffle, balk, thwart, foil, *frustrate: bind, *tie Contrasted words: * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • fetter — [v] tie up, hold bind, chain, check, clog, confine, cuff, curb, drag feet, encumber, hamper, hamstring*, handcuff, hang up, hinder, hobble, hog tie*, hold captive, leash, manacle, put straitjacket on*, repress, restrain, restrict, shackle, throw… …   New thesaurus

  • fetter — ► NOUN 1) a chain or shackle placed around a prisoner s ankles. 2) a restraint or check. ► VERB 1) restrain with fetters. 2) (be fettered) be restricted. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • fetter — [fet′ər] n. [ME feter < OE < base of fot, FOOT, akin to Ger fessel] 1. a shackle or chain for the feet 2. anything that holds in check; restraint vt. [ME feterien < OE (ge)feterian] 1. to bind with fetters; shackle; chain …   English World dictionary

  • fetter — UK [ˈfetə(r)] / US [ˈfetər] verb [transitive] Word forms fetter : present tense I/you/we/they fetter he/she/it fetters present participle fettering past tense fettered past participle fettered 1) literary to limit someone s freedom to do what… …   English dictionary

  • fetter — [OE] Etymologically, fetters are shackles for restraining the ‘feet’. The word comes from prehistoric Germanic *feterō, which derived ultimately from the same Indo European base, *ped , as produced English foot. The parallel Latin formation,… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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