- Dial. to put in order or readiness; arrange
- to line or cover (the hearth of a puddling furnace) with fettling
Origin of fettleMiddle English fetlen, to make ready, probably ; from Old English fetel, belt (akin to feter, fetter), confused with fætel, container ; from fæt, vat
- condition of body and mind: in fine fettle
- a. Proper or sound condition.b. Mental or emotional state; spirits: was in fine fettle.
- Metallurgy Loose sand or ore used to line the hearth of a reverberatory furnace in preparation for pouring molten metal.
transitive verbfet·tled, fet·tling, fet·tles Metallurgy
Origin of fettleFrom Middle English fetlen, to make ready, possibly from Old English fetel, girdle.
Outside of dialectical usage a fossil, used only in the phrase in fine fettle.
(third-person singular simple present fettles, present participle fettling, simple past and past participle fettled)
- (Northern England) To sort out, to fix, to mend, to repair.
- (intransitive) To make preparations; to put things in order; to do trifling business.
- To line the hearth of a furnace with sand prior to pouring molten metal.
- (Geordie) To be upset or in a bad mood.
- Divint fettle yersel ower that!
- In ceramics, to remove (as by sanding) the seam lines left by the meeting of two molds.
- (UK, cycling, slang) To repair or tune a bicycle.
- (archaic) To prepare.
Old English fetel.