Definition of fettle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfedl/


Condition: the aircraft remains in fine fettle
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  • Relatives and neighbours were joined by staff members in making this a special occasion for the popular Ellie who was in fine fettle and enjoyed all the festivities.
  • The popular lady from Ballyglass, Scardaune was in fine fettle and was delighted that so many friends came along to share in the celebrations.
  • Mersey Docks remains in fine fettle financially, and steadfastly independent.
shape, trim, fitness, physical fitness, health, state of health;
condition, form, repair, state of repair, order, working order


[with object]
1Trim or clean the rough edges of (a metal casting or a piece of pottery) before firing.
Example sentences
  • Others have fully finished designs which could have been used for impressing wax masters, or casting lead versions that were then fettled to a fine finish, encased in clay and fired.
  • Likewise, the headlamps are, most unusually, dropped into an aperture in the front wings - one of the few composite panels - and these have to be fettled individually to final fit.
  • The bench rabbets seen at the bottom of the photograph would not be much easier to fettle.
1.1Northern English Make or repair (something): the familiar sounds of bikes being prepped and fettled
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  • The budget should easily run to a decent MGB convertible which will have been properly restored at some stage in its life and should be reliable enough for everyday use, providing you can find someone to fettle it for you.
  • The GS300 is fettled with an all-aluminium 216 bhp six-cylinder engine that moves the car from nought to 62 mph in 8.2 seconds, and maximum torque of 294Nm is delivered at 3,800 rpm.
  • They have also fettled the suspension, aiming to regain the driving dynamics benchmark which many commentators say was overtaken by Ford's Focus when it first arrived.


Late Middle English (as a verb in the general sense 'get ready, prepare', specifically 'prepare oneself for battle, gird up'): from dialect fettle 'strip of material, girdle', from Old English fetel.

Words that rhyme with fettle

kettle, metal, mettle, nettle, petal, Popocatépetl, settle

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Syllabification: fet·tle

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