- 1a metal or plastic container with a lid, spout, and handle, used for boiling water. See also fish kettle.
verb[with object] chiefly British
- (of the police) confine (a group of demonstrators or protesters) to a small area, as a method of crowd control during a demonstration:the plan was to get as close to the protest as possible without getting kettled (as noun kettling)police were criticized for their use of controversial tactics such as kettling
- see pot1.
Old English cetel, cietel, of Germanic origin, based on Latin catillus, diminutive of catinus 'deep container for cooking or serving food'. In Middle English the word's form was influenced by Old Norse ketill