1775, from hand + cuff.

Possibly influenced by Old English handcops, from hand + cops ("fetter, chains"), but due to lack of continuity (centuries between Old English and modern term), generally analyzed as a re-invention.

  1. (plurale tantum) A fastening consisting of two metal rings, designed to go around a person's wrists, and connected by a chain or hinge.
Synonyms Related terms Translations Noun
  1. plural form of handcuff
  1. third-person singular form of handcuff

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