mettlesome mettlesome


  1. (adj) having a proud and unbroken spirit
  2. (adj) willing to face danger



  1. Ken-tucky-bred horses have been fined down to a mettlesome nervousness highly impressive in the ring but unsuited, so their critics claim, to hardier exercise.
  2. Edward of Wales patted the sleek chestnut flanks of his favorite hunter, a fleet and mettlesome mount named.
  3. For almost a year Mussolini's physicians have forbidden him his favorite exercise: a daily half-hour ride' on a horse as mettlesome as his pet lioness, Italia Bella.


  • Briefly Noted book reviews.

    img src=/images/2013/11/25/p190/131125_r24312_p190.jpg THE VALLEY OF AMAZEMENT, by Amy Tan (Ecco). Tan’s first novel in eight years opens in early-twentieth-century Shanghai. Lulu Minturn, an American, runs a house of courtesans, and her mettlesome daughter Violet is horrified . . . (Subscription required.)
    on November 18, 2013     Source: The New Yorker

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