mettlesome

Part of speech: adjective

Having courage or spirit; ardent; fiery. mettled.

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Usage examples "mettlesome":

  1. Carleton was gazing fiercely at me as he came forward; and as his horse came opposite, pulled him up with a wrench on the bridle rein so violent that the mettlesome steed all but cast himself on his haunches. - "Cedric, the Forester", Bernard Gay Marshall.
  2. And wise old Archie only wagged his head and answered, " Odd zooks, Cousin Charlie, Christmas raisins are not the only fruit that burns the fingers in the plucking, and mayhap you too may live to know that a mettlesome horse never stumbleth but when he is reined." - "The Children's Book of Christmas Stories", Various.
  3. It describes a mettlesome horse. - "An Introduction to Shakespeare", H. N. MacCracken F. E. Pierce W. H. Durham.