1. [late 17C+] usu. in pl., shackles, fetters, handcuffs; thus darbies and joans, fetters linking a pair of prisoners; darby-ringer, a villain [for ety. for darbies and joans, see darby and joan n.].
2. [early 19C; 1980s+] in pl. in fig. use, anything that shackles one.
3. [mid-19C] in pl., sausages.
[mid-19C] (UK Und.) a blacksmith; thus darby crib, darby ken, a smithy.
[early 19C] a style of walking that betrays an individual’s experience of fetters and thus time spent in prison.
[mid-19C] the day on which a prisoner is moved from one prison to another, and must thus be fettered.