ettle verb ettle at, ettle for, ettle to do be keen, eager; desire: the bairn wis aye ettlin for chips… la19-. [Scots; Older Scots ettle, ettill ‘to intend, from circa 1400’; ‘to direct one's course, from circa 1450’; ‘to direct one's efforts, from 1581’; ‘to aim, from circa 1470’; verbal noun etlyng ‘intention from 1375’. Old Norse ætla. ‘purpose, intend’; attested by BS in TDITA and BW]