/met"l seuhm/, adj.
spirited; courageous.
[1655-65; METTLE + -SOME1]

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  • Mettlesome — Met tle*some, a. Full of spirit; possessing constitutional ardor; fiery; as, a mettlesome horse. [1913 Webster] {Met tle*some*ly}, adv. {Met tle*some*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mettlesome — index undaunted Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • mettlesome — (adj.) 1660s, from METTLE (Cf. mettle) + SOME (Cf. some) …   Etymology dictionary

  • mettlesome — *spirited, high spirited, spunky, fiery, peppery, gingery Analogous words: courageous, bold, audacious, intrepid, *brave: *impassioned, passionate, ardent, fervent: restive, *impatient, restless …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • mettlesome — [met′ l səm] adj. full of mettle; spirited; ardent, brave, etc.: also mettled …   English World dictionary

  • mettlesome — adjective Date: 1662 full of mettle ; spirited …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • mettlesome — adjective Of great mettle; courageous …   Wiktionary

  • mettlesome — Synonyms and related words: active, acute, aggressive, agitable, animated, beany, brisk, bulldoggish, courageous, dauntless, dynamic, edgy, emotional, emotionally unstable, energetic, enterprising, enthusiastic, eruptive, excitable, explosive,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • mettlesome — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. high strung, courageous, plucky. See courage, excitability. II (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [High spirited] Syn. spirited, vigorous, spunky; see active 2 . 2. [Gallant] Syn. plucky, valiant, dauntless;… …   English dictionary for students

  • mettlesome — met|tle|some [ˈmetlsəm] adj literary full of energy and determination …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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