fettle (n.) "condition, state, trim," c.1750, Lancashire dialect, from fettle (v.) "to make ready, arrange" (14c.), perhaps from O.E. fetel "a girdle, belt," from P.Gmc. *fatiloz (Cf. Ger. fessel "fetter, chain," O.N. fetill "strap, brace"), from *fat- "to hold."

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  • Fettle — Fet tle, v. t. [OE. & Prov. E., to fettle (in sense 1), fettle, n., order, repair, preparation, dress; prob. akin to E. fit. See {Fit}, a.] 1. To repair; to prepare; to put in order. [Prov. Eng.] Carlyle. [1913 Webster] 2. (Metal.) To cover or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fettle — Fet tle, n. The act of fettling. [Prov. Eng.] Wright. [1913 Webster] {In fine fettle}, in good spirits. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fettle — ► NOUN ▪ condition: in fine fettle. ORIGIN Old English, «strip of material» …   English terms dictionary

  • fettle — [fet′ l] vt. fettled, fettling [ME fetlen, to make ready, prob. < OE fetel, belt (akin to feter, FETTER), confused with fætel, container < fæt, VAT] 1. Dial. to put in order or readiness; arrange 2. to line or cover (the hearth of a… …   English World dictionary

  • Fettle — Fet tle, v. i. To make preparations; to put things in order; to do trifling business. [Prov. Eng.] Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fettle — index color (complexion) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • fettle — [n] spirits condition, emotional state, mental state, order, shape, sound condition, state of mind; concepts 407,411 …   New thesaurus

  • fettle — I Cumbrian Dictionary 1.( n fettul) Condition, e.g. After Sat da neets gatterin at t oldhall, a waz not a grand fettle = After Saturday nights entertainments in Egremont, I didn t feel too well. 2.( v fettul) To fix, to repair e.g. That ll fettle …   English dialects glossary

  • fettle — 1. noun a) A state of proper physical condition; kilter or trim. Whats yer fettle marra? b) Ones mental state; spirits. 2. verb a) To …   Wiktionary

  • fettle — fet|tle [ˈfetl] n [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: fettle to clean, make ready (14 19 centuries)] in fine/good fettle old fashioned healthy or working properly …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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