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FETTLE, n.2, v.2 Also fettel, †faittle, †fytle.

I. n. 1. A rope or band of twisted straw, heather or the like, esp. used as a handle for a cassie or creel (Sh., Ork., Cai. 1951), also †for a horse girth (Sh. 1825 Jam., 1866 Edm. Gl.). Cai. 1812  J. Henderson Agric. Cai. 69:
Each cassie has a fettle or handle in each side, and end, to carry it by.
Ork. 1914  M. Spence Flora Orcad. 105:
This [juncus effusus] and conglomeratus were also cut and neatly tied up in “baets” for winding in the winter evenings for “bands” and “fettles” for “caeseys.”
Sh. 1949  J. Gray Lowrie 26:
Ye cood juist heuk da bight o' da maeshie fettel ower yon croilk apon his back.

2. Fig.: a person, a fellow, a “hand.” Rare. Ork. 1920  J. Firth Glossary:
Thu're a euseless fettle.

II. v. To bind with a fettle (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., faittle, 1914 Angus Gl., fettel). Vbl.n. fytlin, = n., 1. above. Sh. 1899  J. Spence Folk-Lore 242:
Da skipper wis sittin wi' a viskal o' gloy windin' fytlins fur da cappies.

[Norw. dial. fetel, O.N. fetill, band, strap.]

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