mettlesome

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj mettlesome willing to face danger
    • adj mettlesome having a proud and unbroken spirit
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Mettlesome Full of spirit; possessing constitutional ardor; fiery; as, a mettlesome horse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • mettlesome Full of mettle or spirit; courageous; fiery.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Mettlesome high-spirited: ardent
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From the metal of a blade.

Usage

In literature:

The spirited little broncho was fresh and mettlesome, and went off in a series of sheeplike bounds which her rider seemed not to notice.
"The Spirit of Sweetwater" by Hamlin Garland
But he was debonair himself, of high courage, and mettlesome; and he may have gone a little too far.
"Little Novels of Italy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
The girl rode a mettlesome little pony, sitting sidewise on a man's saddle.
"The Eagle's Heart" by Hamlin Garland
The wave of pain was as the lash to a mettlesome horse.
"Prince or Chauffeur?" by Lawrence Perry
The stable-boy stood aside; the mettlesome horse gave a plunge and started off at a three-minute gait.
"An Echo Of Antietam" by Edward Bellamy
It needed no second glance to perceive that we were mettlesome steeds out for exercise, and feeling our oats.
"Explorers of the Dawn" by Mazo de la Roche
The mettlesome horses swerve and shy.
"Starlight Ranch" by Charles King
You study its moods and its ways as those of a mettlesome horse.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
Very often, too, one may see boys, in string harness, happy in being very mettlesome horses.
"Change in the Village" by (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
Your horses perhaps are mettlesome.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
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In poetry:

I'll ride Jerry, he knaws my voice,
Thoo'lt master t' mettlesome bay;
We'll mak' for off, ere t' village stirs
An' folk have summat to say!
"Richard Ryder" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe
Now, pray you, consider what toils we endure,
Night-walking wet sea-lanes, a guard and a lure;
Since half of our trade is that same pretty sort
As mettlesome wenches do practise in port.
"Cruisers" by Rudyard Kipling
O it is I!
I come with my clam-rake and spade! I come with my eel-spear;
Is the tide out? I join the group of clam-diggers on the flats,
I laugh and work with them—I joke at my work, like a mettlesome
young man.
"Poems Of Joys" by Walt Whitman

In news:

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The mettlesome bronco kicked and bucked, but the rider kept her balance and rode her out.
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