Definition of manacle in English:


Syllabification: man·a·cle
Pronunciation: /ˈmanikəl


(usually manacles)
  • A metal band, chain, or shackle for fastening someone’s hands or ankles: the practice of keeping prisoners in manacles
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    • 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.
    handcuffs, shackles, chains, irons, fetters, restraints, bonds
    informal cuffs, bracelets


[with object] (usually be manacled) Back to top  
  • Fetter (a person or a 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, put/clap in irons, handcuff, restrain; secure
    informal cuff


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

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