fetter

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English[edit]

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Fetters in use.

Etymology[edit]

Old English feter. Cognate with Dutch veter (lace).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

fetter (plural fetters)

  1. A chain or similar object used to bind a person or animal – often by its legs (usually in plural).
  2. (figuratively) Anything that restricts or restrains.
    • 1675, John Dryden, Aureng-zebe[1], Prologue:
      Passion's too fierce to be in fetters bound.
    • 1818, Mary Shelley, chapter 6, Frankenstein[2]:
      He looks upon study as an odious fetter; his time is spent in the open air, climbing the hills or rowing on the lake.
    • 1910, Erwin Rosen, “Prolog”, in In the Foreign Legion[3], edition HTML, The Gutenberg Project, published 2012:
      That was the turning-point of my life. I broke my fetters, and I fought a hard fight for a new career …

Synonyms[edit]

(chains on legs):

Hyponyms[edit]

(chain binding generally):

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Verb[edit]

fetter (third-person singular simple present fetters, present participle fettering, simple past and past participle fettered)

  1. (transitive) To shackle or bind up with fetters
  2. (transitive) To restrain or impede; to hamper.

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German[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

fetter

  1. strong masculine singular nominative form of fett.
  2. strong feminine singular genitive form of fett.
  3. strong feminine singular dative form of fett.
  4. strong plural genitive form of fett.
  5. mixed masculine singular nominative form of fett.
  6. predicative comparative form of fett.

Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

fetter

  1. indefinite plural of fett

Vilamovian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: fet‧ter

Noun[edit]

fetter m (plural fettyn)

  1. paternal uncle (brother of someone’s father)