Meaning of tin kettle in English:

tin kettle

Pronunciation /ˌtɪn ˈkɛtl/


  • 1A kettle of tinned iron.

    Generally regarded as of inferior quality, or typical of a poor household.

  • 2A metal kettle, pan, etc., that is beaten to make a cacophonous noise, either in celebration or to show opprobrium, especially on the part of a large group of people. Compare "tin pan". Now chiefly historical.

    With use in the context of serenading newly-weds, compare
    , and "tin-kettling".

  • 3 rare Extended and allusive uses. A piano of poor quality.


Late 17th century; earliest use found in William King (1663–1712), writer. From tin + kettle.