- spirited; courageous.
Origin of mettlesome
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Examples from the Web for mettlesome
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.Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I.
Charles James Lever
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
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
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