Definition of manacle in English:


Line breaks: man|acle
Pronunciation: /ˈmanək(ə)l


(usually manacles)
One of two metal bands joined by a chain, for fastening a person’s hands or ankles: the practice of keeping prisoners in manacles
More example sentences
  • Massive manacles made of dull metal bound its wrists and ankles to the wall.
  • On my wrists the manacles were joined by a solid iron bar just long enough that I couldn't touch my fingertips together.
  • She was chained to the wall, her wrists and ankles shackled by iron manacles.


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Confine (a person or part of the body) with manacles: his hands were manacled behind his back
More example sentences
  • He shows off for friends by sneaking out the key and getting himself out of handcuffs, even when he's manacled behind the back.
  • He was manacled, blindfolded, held on his knees for hours, beaten, and taken to the infamous Salem prison where he stayed for eleven days without charge or defence.
  • When Davies was subdued he was manacled hand and foot.
shackle, fetter, chain, chain up, put in chains, put/clap in irons, handcuff, restrain;
tie, secure
informal cuff


Middle English: from Old French manicle 'handcuff', from Latin manicula, diminutive of manus 'hand'.

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