from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A restraining device consisting of a pair of strong, connected hoops that can be tightened and locked about the wrists and used on one or both arms of a prisoner in custody; a manacle. Often used in the plural.
  • transitive v. To restrain with or as if with handcuffs.
  • transitive v. To render ineffective or impotent. See Synonyms at hamper1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One ring of a locking fetter for the hand or one pair.
  • v. To apply handcuffs to; to manacle. - Hay (1754)
  • v. to restrain or restrict.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fastening, consisting of an iron ring around the wrist, usually connected by a chain with one on the other wrist; a manacle; -- usually in the plural.
  • transitive v. To apply handcuffs to; to manacle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To manacle; restrain by or as if by placing handcuffs upon the wrists.
  • n. A shackle or fastening for the hand, consisting of a divided metal ring placed about and locked upon the wrist; a manacle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. confine or restrain with or as if with manacles or handcuffs
  • n. shackle that consists of a metal loop that can be locked around the wrist; usually used in pairs


1775, from hand +‎ cuff (“end of shirtsleeve”). (Wiktionary)



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