- The definition of a shackle is a literal or figurative restraint that keeps you in place or prevents you from doing what you want.
- The chains that bind a prisoner's hands to his ankles are an example of a shackle.
- If you believe you can't achieve your dreams, this belief is an example of a shackle.
shackle definition by Webster's New World
- a metal fastening, usually one of a linked pair, for the wrist or ankle of a prisoner; fetter; manacle
- anything that restrains freedom of expression or action: the shackles of ignorance
- any of several devices used in fastening or coupling
Origin: Middle English schakel ; from Old English sceacel, akin to Middle Dutch schakel, chain link ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form (s)kenk-, to gird, bind
- shackler noun
shackle definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A metal fastening, usually one of a pair, for encircling and confining the ankle or wrist of a prisoner or captive; a fetter or manacle.
- A hobble for an animal.
- Any of several devices, such as a clevis, used to fasten or couple.
- A restraint or check to action or progress. Often used in the plural: economic shackles that precluded further investment.
- To confine with shackles; fetter.
- To fasten or connect with a shackle.
- To restrict, confine, or hamper. See Synonyms at hamper1.
Origin: Middle English schackel, from Old English sceacel, fetter.
- shackˈler noun
left to right: spin and anchor shackles