Definition of mettle in English:

mettle

noun

  • A person's ability to cope well with difficulties or to face a demanding situation in a spirited and resilient way.

    ‘the team showed their true mettle in the second half’
    • ‘I cannot say I am confident every jellyfish that has held the post since then would have shown the same mettle.’
    • ‘Finally now he is ready to test his mettle at the place where the spirit of Olympics was born: Greece.’
    • ‘This woman of steel has proved her mettle many a time, in her feisty battle with the judiciary and opposition.’
    • ‘Although Kelly presents herself as uncomplicated and cheerful, every so often the public glimpse her true mettle.’
    • ‘The children also proved their mettle in reciting popular Tamil poetry.’
    • ‘The true mettle of the new British system won't be apparent until it's tested in a crisis.’
    • ‘He can start by showing mettle and reversing the decision to hold a public inquiry.’
    • ‘Securing the future of Social Security is a vital test of the current Congress' mettle.’
    • ‘I am pretty sure he means resources, mettle and grit but the point is well-made.’
    • ‘But they better show their mettle, given that reunification is around the corner.’
    • ‘The politicians, both those who hold office and others who aspire to displace them, are yet to show such mettle.’
    • ‘He had to find his mettle as a leader, and he quickly realised that musical talent was not enough.’
    • ‘The event, promised to be a grand show, will see a display of grit, zeal and mettle.’
    • ‘Give some of the youngsters in the bank a chance to show their mettle.’
    • ‘Carnatic musicians today have more avenues to prove their mettle than artistes in general had even a few years ago.’
    • ‘It is the closest that the PGA Tour has come to links conditions, the ultimate test of a golfer's mettle and patience.’
    • ‘It will take sterner tests before we see the true mettle of these Mayo players.’
    • ‘Even computers were not left behind and an entire roomful of youngsters showed their mettle with the gadgets.’
    • ‘This is really the basis of assessing character, where people show their true mettle.’
    • ‘But where the program really shows its mettle is in the certification requirement.’
    spirit, fortitude, tenacity, strength of character, moral fibre, steel, determination, resolve, resolution, steadfastness, indomitability, backbone, hardihood, pluck, nerve, gameness, courage, courageousness, bravery, gallantry, valour, intrepidity, fearlessness, boldness, daring, audacity
    calibre, character, disposition, nature, temperament, temper, personality, make-up, stamp, kind, sort, variety, mould, kidney, grain
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Origin

Mid 16th century: specialized spelling (used for figurative senses) of metal.

Pronunciation

mettle

/ˈmedl/