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

First recorded in 1655–65; mettle + -some1
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Historical Examples

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


    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


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

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