Handcuff Hand"cuff` (-k[u^]f`), n. [AS. handcops; hand hand + cosp, cops, fetter. The second part was confused with E. cuffs,] 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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Handcuff — Hand cuff (h[a^]nd k[u^]f ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Handcuffed} ( k[u^]ft ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Handcuffing}.] To apply handcuffs to; to manacle. Hay (1754). [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • handcuff — I noun bond, bridle, chain, collar, fastener, fetter, harness, manacle, manicae, padlock, pinion, shackle, trammel II verb belay, bind, bridle, chain, enchain, entrammel, fasten, fetter, gyve, hamper, hold, lash, leash, make fast, manacle, pinion …   Law dictionary

  • handcuff — (n.) 1640s as a decorative addition to a sleeve; 1690s as a type of restraining device, from HAND (Cf. hand) (n.) + CUFF (Cf. cuff) (n.). Old English had hondcops a pair of hand cuffs, but the modern word is a re invention. The verb is first… …   Etymology dictionary

  • handcuff — ► NOUN (handcuffs) ▪ a pair of lockable linked metal rings for securing a prisoner s wrists. ► VERB ▪ put handcuffs on …   English terms dictionary

  • handcuff — [hand′kuf΄] n. either of a pair of connected metal rings that can be locked about the wrists, as in restraining a prisoner or fastening him to a policeman usually used in pl. vt. 1. to put handcuffs on; manacle 2. to check or hinder the… …   English World dictionary

  • handcuff — [[t]hæ̱ndkʌf[/t]] handcuffs, handcuffing, handcuffed 1) N PLURAL: also a pair of N Handcuffs are two metal rings which are joined together and can be locked round someone s wrists, usually by the police during an arrest. He was led away to jail… …   English dictionary

  • handcuff — UK [ˈhæn(d)ˌkʌf] / US verb [transitive] Word forms handcuff : present tense I/you/we/they handcuff he/she/it handcuffs present participle handcuffing past tense handcuffed past participle handcuffed to put handcuffs on someone …   English dictionary

  • handcuff — n An engagement ring. I love the woman but she ll never get the handcuff on me. 1920s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • handcuff — I. noun Date: 1695 a metal fastening that can be locked around a wrist and is usually connected by a chain or bar with another such fastening usually used in plural II. transitive verb Date: 1691 1. to apply handcuffs to ; manacle 2. to hold in… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • handcuff — /hand kuf /, n. 1. a ring shaped metal device that can be locked around a person s wrist, usually one of a pair connected by a short chain or linked bar; shackle: The police put handcuffs on the suspect. v.t. 2. to put handcuffs on. 3. to… …   Universalium

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