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
Historical Examples of fettle
And they will keep in this fettle until they get off the Horn.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
The gunners and swabbers were putting their cannon in fettle below decks.The Black Buccaneer
Stephen W. Meader
"Faith, an' it's my mither's ain son that could fettle that," said the curate.The Men of the Moss-Hags
S. R. Crockett
With them gals to hender us we ain't a-going to be in no fettle for a skimper-scamper race with a fresh wheen o' the redskins.The Master of Appleby
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
- to prepare or arrange (a thing, oneself, etc), esp to put a finishing touch to
- to repair or mend (something)
Word Origin for fettle
"condition, state, trim," c.1750, Lancashire dialect, from fettle (v.) "to make ready, arrange" (14c.), perhaps from Old English fetel "a girdle, belt," from Proto-Germanic *fatiloz (cf. German fessel "fetter, chain," Old Norse fetill "strap, brace"), from *fat- "to hold."