• WordNet 3.6
    • v fettle remove mold marks or sand from (a casting)
    • n fettle a state of fitness and good health "in fine fettle"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fettle The act of fettling.
    • Fettle (Metal) To cover or line with a mixture of ore, cinders, etc., as the hearth of a puddling furnace.
    • v. i Fettle To make preparations; to put things in order; to do trifling business.
    • Fettle To repair; to prepare; to put in order.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fettle To bind; tie up.
    • fettle To arrange; prepare; put in order; repair; mend.
    • fettle To beat; thrash.
    • fettle Toline(the hearth of a puddling-furnace). See fettling.
    • fettle Fettled ale or porter, ale or porter sweetened with sugar and seasoned with a little ginger and nutmeg.
    • fettle To potter; set about in a fussy, pottering way; do trifling business.
    • n fettle The state of being prepared, or in good repair or condition: as, he is in splendid fettle to-day.
    • n fettle A handle in the side of a large basket.
    • fettle Neat; tight; handy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Fettle fet′l (prov.) to arrange, mend
    • v.i Fettle to potter fussily about
    • n Fettle preparedness, ready condition
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. & Prov. E., to fettle (in sense 1), fettle, (n.), order, repair, preparation, dress; prob. akin to E. fit,. See Fit (a.)


In literature:

His mount was in fine fettle and ready for the long pull ahead.
"Frontier Boys on the Coast" by Capt. Wyn Roosevelt
Evidently he was in great fettle.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Whisky's the boy to fettle you.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
If light go out they mun setten forth in they ketch thot moment, fettled op for a two-three days' sailing.
"The Light of Scarthey" by Egerton Castle
The former were in good working fettle, while the latter had swollen and stiff joints, and were generally below par.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 2 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
Toddles was in high fettle that night.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
Joe had never been in finer fettle.
"Baseball Joe Around the World" by Lester Chadwick
The horses were good and in fine fettle.
"The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon" by José Maria Gordon
The gunners and swabbers were putting their cannon in fettle below decks.
"The Black Buccaneer" by Stephen W. Meader
He was in high fettle as he watched them go.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
But the horses are in fine fettle this morning!
"Dorothy's House Party" by Evelyn Raymond
What did the unrevealed God matter, when a man had a young family that needed fettling for?
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
McGee was in high fettle as he streaked across the lines south of Belleau and laid a course for home.
"Aces Up" by Covington Clarke
Their morning in the salt air on the open sea had put them in fine fettle and they had enormous appetites.
"The Rushton Boys at Treasure Cove" by Spencer Davenport
The girls were in fine fettle, particularly.
"The Girls of Central High on Lake Luna" by Gertrude W. Morrison
A few hours of rest and he would be in fine fettle for the ceremony.
"Astounding Stories, July, 1931" by Various
He was in high fettle when he entered the building.
"The Frontiersman" by H. A. Cody
Toddles was in high fettle that night.
"The Night Operator" by Frank L. Packard
Martin was in fine fettle, and from the moment of his arrival, he surcharged the group with his vitality.
"Cinderella Jane" by Marjorie Benton Cooke
Smoke Jordan was also in fine fettle.
"Lefty Locke Pitcher-Manager" by Burt L. Standish

In poetry:

Ov a Monday aw start o' my weshin',
An' if th' day's fine aw get um all dried;
Ov a Tuesday aw fettle mi kitchen,
An' mangle, an' iron beside.
"What It Is To Be A Mother" by John Hartley
To have seene how these yeomen together fought,
Two howers of a summers day;
Itt was neither Guy nor Robin Hood
That fettled them to flye away.
"Robin Hood And Guy Of Gisborne" by Anonymous British
But John tooke Guyes bow in his hand -
His arrowes were rawstye by the roote -
The sheriffe saw Litle John draw a bow
And fettle him to shoote.
"Robin Hood And Guy Of Gisborne" by Anonymous British
Gars guffish men, wi' women battle,
And puts the auld wives' tongues a-fettle;
Against their neebors canna settle,
Tho' th'ave scarce breath;
Canna speak plain what they do ettle,
For want o' teeth.
"The Loss Of Man's Happiness" by Susannah Hawkins

In news:

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