Origin of fettling
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 fettling
Historical Examples of fettling
I have heard the people here talk of "fettling" the hearth when they mean "clean up."Sarah's School Friend
He is getting his saddle altered: fettling about this and that; does not consider what danger he is in.History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. VII. (of XXI.)
- 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."