Definition of pitch-kettled in US English:

pitch-kettled

adjective

rare, slang
  • Utterly puzzled; confounded, nonplussed.

Origin

Late 18th century; earliest use found in Francis Grose (d. 1791), antiquary. Apparently from pitch kettle + -ed. The underlying metaphor is unclear; perhaps the implication is of being stuck in pitch, or perhaps it refers to the darkness of the contents of a pitch kettle.

Pronunciation

pitch-kettled

/ˈpɪtʃˌkɛtld/