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mettlesome

[met-l-suh m]
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adjective
  1. spirited; courageous.
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Origin of mettlesome

First recorded in 1655–65; mettle + -some1
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Examples from the Web for mettlesome

Historical Examples

  • Similarly, she indulged a mettlesome fancy for referring to her hostess as "dear Abigail."

    Nobody

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • The horse was mettlesome enough to require all her attention.

  • You study its moods and its ways as those of a mettlesome horse.

    The Book of the National Parks

    Robert Sterling Yard

  • Quesada selected the most mettlesome and leaped into the deep saddle.

    The Wolf Cub

    Patrick Casey

  • Her coachman had all he could do to control her mettlesome span of Spanish mares.

    The Unwilling Vestal

    Edward Lucas White


Word Origin and History for mettlesome

adj.

1660s, from mettle + -some (1).

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