verb (used with object), fet·tled, fet·tling.
- to remove sand from (a casting).
- to repair the hearth of (an open-hearth furnace).
Origin of fettle
Examples from the Web for fettle
The gunners and swabbers were putting their cannon in fettle below decks.The Black Buccaneer|Stephen W. Meader
They stopt to fettle th' engine a while back, an' they'n never started sin'.
That's a match some old cats would lap tea all night to fettle up.'A Diversity of Creatures|Rudyard Kipling
One branch of my duty is to fettle your horse; and in Flamborough they fettle them on stale fish.Mary Anerley|R. D. Blackmore
The meetings were only memorable when Tammas Haggart was in fettle, to pronounce judgments in his well-known sarcastic way.A Window in Thrums|J. M. Barrie
British Dictionary definitions for fettle
- to prepare or arrange (a thing, oneself, etc), esp to put a finishing touch to
- to repair or mend (something)