[ tee-ket-l ]
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  1. a portable kettle with a cover, spout, and handle, used for boiling water.

Origin of teakettle

First recorded in 1695–1705; tea + kettle

Words Nearby teakettle

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How to use teakettle in a sentence

  • It’s possible—not certain—that such an imperfection will catch your tip and send you ass over teakettle.

  • Pour a teakettle of boiling water on the horns, holding so as to prevent injury to the other parts.

    Domestic Animals | Richard L. Allen
  • A large, heavy-paper funnel is put in the nose of the teakettle which is boiling on the gas range.

    The Mother and Her Child | William S. Sadler
  • 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
  • The water was cold, and the teakettle almost empty, and mutton-chops did make such greasy plates.

British Dictionary definitions for teakettle


/ (ˈtiːˌkɛtəl) /

  1. a kettle for boiling water to make tea

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