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)
Word Origin for fettle
Word Origin and History 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."