An example of to fetter is to hold the leash of a dog.
Thinking that is fettered by prejudice.
An example of a fetter is a ball and chain.
The fetters of tyranny.
Other Word Forms
Origin of fetter
- Middle English feter from Old English ped- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Old English feter. Cognate with Dutch veter (“lace”).