- The definition of a fetter is a chain for your feet or anything that is restraining.
An example of a fetter is a ball and chain.
- To fetter is defined as to hold something back or to bind.
An example of to fetter is to hold the leash of a dog.
- a shackle or chain for the feet
- anything that holds in check; restraint
Origin of fetterMiddle English feter from Old English from base of fot, foot, akin to German fessel
- to bind with fetters; shackle; chain
- to hold in check; restrain; confine
Origin of fetterME feterien < OE (ge)feterian
- A device, usually one of a pair of rings connected to a chain, that is attached to the ankles or feet to restrict movement.
- often fetters Something that serves to restrict; a restraint: the fetters of tyranny.
transitive verbfet·tered, fet·ter·ing, fet·ters
- To put fetters on; shackle.
- To restrict or restrain: thinking that is fettered by prejudice. See Synonyms at hobble.
Origin of fetterMiddle English feter from Old English; see ped- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present fetters, present participle fettering, simple past and past participle fettered)
Old English feter. Cognate with Dutch veter (“lace”).