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[tee-ket-l] /ˈtiˌkɛt l/
a portable kettle with a cover, spout, and handle, used for boiling water.
Origin of teakettle
First recorded in 1695-1705; tea + kettle Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Oh, the emotions I carried round with me, from buttery to teakettle, and from teapot to table!

    Sweet Cicely Josiah Allen's Wife: Marietta Holley
  • "When we are on a teakettle, it is never safe to say," answered auntie.

    Cricket at the Seashore Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
  • “Father Tom promised to have a man there to meet us, who would even have the fire going and the teakettle boiling,” said Bobby.

    The Girls of Central High in Camp Gertrude W. Morrison
  • "On a teakettle—on a boat—that doesn't fit," meditated Eunice.

    Cricket at the Seashore Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
  • Mary Loretta and the cat came running out to meet them, and Mary Cody had the teakettle boiling.

    In a Mysterious Way Anne Warner
  • Others appear like jets emitted from the spout of a teakettle.

  • When a teakettle boils the water turns to bubbles of vapor and goes up in the air to turn to water again when it gets cold.

    The Iron Puddler James J. Davis
  • Keep it hot by placing the vessel over the top of a teakettle.

    Housekeeping in Old Virginia Marion Cabell Tyree
  • The tinkering of an umbrella or teakettle would not make a man sweat in midwinter.

    Round the Block John Bell Bouton
  • Yes, my dear; I had no idea one could have an armchair at a teakettle.

British Dictionary definitions for teakettle


a kettle for boiling water to make tea
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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