mettlesome

[met-l-suhm]
adjective
spirited; courageous.

Origin:
1655–65; mettle + -some1

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mettled or mettlesome (ˈmɛtəld, ˈmɛtəlsəm)
 
adj
spirited, courageous, or valiant
 
mettlesome or mettlesome
 
adj

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Example sentences
Except for a laggard quality in the ballet movements, it moves with a mettlesome step.
It transmutes the broadly stylized mood of a mettlesome farce into the gusto and colors of the musical stage.
The wheelers especially were a splendid pair of mettlesome stallions, and tho leaders carefully elected.
Here she mounts some a mettlesome horse and trains him with d wonderful skill and boldness.
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