F f


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fet-l]
    • /ˈfɛt l/
    • /ˈfet.l̩/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fet-l]
    • /ˈfɛt l/

Definitions of fettle word

  • noun fettle state; condition: in fine fettle. 1
  • verb with object fettle Ceramics. to remove mold marks from (a cast piece). 1
  • verb with object fettle Metallurgy. to remove sand from (a casting). to repair the hearth of (an open-hearth furnace). 1
  • noun fettle Condition. 1
  • noun fettle condition, state 1
  • verb fettle to remove (excess moulding material and casting irregularities) from a cast component 0

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Origin of fettle

First appearance:

before 1300
One of the 15% oldest English words
1300-50; Middle English fetle to shape, prepare, back formation from fetled, Old English *fetelede girded up, equivalent to fetel belt + -ede -ed2

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Parts of speech for Fettle


fettle popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 73% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

fettle usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fettle

noun fettle

  • shape — Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers, Europe.
  • order — an authoritative direction or instruction; command; mandate.
  • condition — If you talk about the condition of a person or thing, you are talking about the state that they are in, especially how good or bad their physical state is.

Top questions with fettle

  • what does fettle mean?
  • what does fine fettle mean?
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