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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fet-er]
    • /ˈfɛt ər/
    • /ˈfet.ər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fet-er]
    • /ˈfɛt ər/

Definitions of fetter word

  • noun fetter a chain or shackle placed on the feet. 1
  • noun fetter Usually, fetters. anything that confines or restrains: Boredom puts fetters upon the imagination. 1
  • verb with object fetter to put fetters upon. 1
  • verb with object fetter to confine; restrain. 1
  • noun fetter A chain or manacle used to restrain a prisoner, typically placed around the ankles. 1
  • transitive verb fetter restrain 1

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Origin of fetter

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English, Old English feter; cognate with Old High German fezzera, Old Norse fjǫturr; akin to foot

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Parts of speech for Fetter


fetter popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 84% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for fetter

verb fetter

  • hinder — to cause delay, interruption, or difficulty in; hamper; impede: The storm hindered our progress.
  • hog-tie — If someone hog-ties an animal or a person, they tie their legs together, or they tie their arms and legs together.
  • clog — When something clogs a hole or place, it blocks it so that nothing can pass through.
  • chain — A chain consists of metal rings connected together in a line.
  • repress — to keep under control, check, or suppress (desires, feelings, actions, tears, etc.).

noun fetter

  • bond — A bond between people is a strong feeling of friendship, love, or shared beliefs and experiences that unites them.
  • yoke — a device for joining together a pair of draft animals, especially oxen, usually consisting of a crosspiece with two bow-shaped pieces, each enclosing the head of an animal. Compare harness (def 1).
  • irons — Chemistry. a ductile, malleable, silver-white metallic element, scarcely known in a pure condition, but much used in its crude or impure carbon-containing forms for making tools, implements, machinery, etc. Symbol: Fe; atomic weight: 55.847; atomic number: 26; specific gravity: 7.86 at 20°C. Compare cast iron, pig iron, steel, wrought iron.
  • restraint — a restraining action or influence: freedom from restraint.

Antonyms for fetter

verb fetter

  • aid — Aid is money, equipment, or services that are provided for people, countries, or organizations who need them but cannot provide them for themselves.
  • assist — If you assist someone, you help them to do a job or task by doing part of the work for them.
  • permit — to allow to do something: Permit me to explain.
  • release — to lease again.
  • liberate — to set free, as from imprisonment or bondage.

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