• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a High-mettled Having abundance of mettle; ardent; full of fire; as, a high-mettled steed.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • high-mettled High-spirited; courageous; full of fire; mettlesome: as, a high-mettled steed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs High-mettled high-spirited, courageous
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. héah; Goth. hauhs, Ice. hár, Ger. hoch.


In literature:

You know that many high-mettled horses will do so.
"Black Beauty" by Anna Sewell
Mounting the mettled charger, in the high spirit of new health he spurred it to full speed.
"Historic Tales, Vol 14 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
But the French gentlemen who formed the cavalry were of the same high mettle as those who fought at St. Quentin.
"History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain." by William H. Prescott
He dare not leave his horses, high-mettled and but slightly blown by their short gallop.
"The Intriguers" by William Le Queux
At last she turned her horse's head, and rode him slowly along before the house, evidently timid and afraid of the high-mettled animal.
"Roland Cashel Volume II (of II)" by Charles James Lever
Orders had been given to fire high, and every man was on his mettle.
"Sturdy and Strong" by G. A. Henty
He looked even straighter, taller, more broad-shouldered and high-mettled than usual.
"Barbara Ladd" by Charles G. D. Roberts
As Ivan issued from the house, he found a high-mettled steed waiting at the door, held by Achmet Beg's squire.
"The Circassian Chief" by W.H.G. Kingston
Not that I coveted the carriage with the two high-mettled bays.
"Hammer and Anvil" by Friedrich Spielhagen
I understand all now, my poor high-mettled boy.
"Ghetto Tragedies" by Israel Zangwill

In poetry:

Here we are halting, and there we delay;
Anon we soon lose our high-mettled steeds.
The forest's gloom makes our steps go astray;
Each thicket of trees our searching misleads.
"Soldiers Of Wei Bewail Separation From Their Families" by Confucius
Hard by at the station the training commences,
In circles they're schooling the hacks for the shows;
The high-mettled hunters are sent at the fences,
And satins and dapples the brushes disclose.
"Ownerless" by John Shaw Neilson