- 1fetter somebody (literary) to restrict someone's freedom to do what they want He felt fettered by petty rules and regulations.
- 2fetter somebody to put chains around a prisoner's feet synonym shackle A man lay fettered on the floor of the prison cell.
NAmE//ˈfɛt̮ər//[usually passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fetter
he / she / it fetters
past simple fettered
-ing form fettering