Definition of mettlesome in English:



  • (of a person or animal) full of spirit and courage; lively.

    ‘their horses were beasts of burden, not mettlesome chargers’
    • ‘When you have a problem, people create a commission to look at it, because it may be mettlesome.’
    • ‘The chorus is youthful and mettlesome, impressively precise yet never mechanical.’
    • ‘Their horses were beasts of burden, not mettlesome chargers, and during the British civil wars cost half as much as proper cavalry horses.’
    • ‘There had been plenty of mettlesome, even feminine-looking women drivers before Hellé began making headlines.’
    • ‘He was a vigorous and mettlesome man who loved a yarn.’
    spirited, game, gritty, intrepid, fearless, courageous, hardy, brave, plucky, gallant, valiant, valorous, bold, daring, audacious, heroic
    tenacious, steely, determined, resolved, resolute, steadfast, indomitable
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