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  1. a portable kettle with a cover, spout, and handle, used for boiling water.
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Origin of teakettle

First recorded in 1695–1705; tea + kettle
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Historical Examples

  • "I'll put on the teakettle at once, Robert," said his mother, rising.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Every housewife who uses a teakettle is familiar with this condition.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 1

    Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

  • Then the teakettle began to bubble and sing and that invited confidences too.

    The Wall Street Girl

    Frederick Orin Bartlett

  • "When we are on a teakettle, it is never safe to say," answered auntie.

    Cricket at the Seashore

    Elizabeth Westyn Timlow

  • "On a teakettle—on a boat—that doesn't fit," meditated Eunice.

    Cricket at the Seashore

    Elizabeth Westyn Timlow

British Dictionary definitions for teakettle


  1. a kettle for boiling water to make tea
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