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mettlesome

[met-l-suh m] /ˈmɛt l səm/
adjective
1.
spirited; courageous.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; mettle + -some1
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Examples from the web for mettlesome
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for mettlesome

mettled

/ˈmɛtəld/
adjective
1.
spirited, courageous, or valiant
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Word Origin and History for mettlesome
adj.

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

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