Definition of manacle in English:


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


(usually manacles)


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  • Confine (a person or part of the body) with manacles: his hands were manacled behind his back
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    • 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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