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3 definitions found
 for mettlesome
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  mettlesome
      adj 1: having a proud and unbroken spirit
      2: willing to face danger [syn: game, gamy, gamey,
         gritty, mettlesome, spirited, spunky]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  82 Moby Thesaurus words for "mettlesome":
     active, acute, aggressive, agitable, animated, beany, brisk,
     bulldoggish, courageous, dauntless, dynamic, edgy, emotional,
     emotionally unstable, energetic, enterprising, enthusiastic,
     eruptive, excitable, explosive, fiery, forceful, forcible,
     full of pep, game, gamy, go-go, gritty, gutsy, gutty, hearty,
     high-mettled, high-spirited, high-strung, highly emotional,
     impetuous, incisive, inflammable, intense, irascible, irritable,
     keen, kinetic, lively, living, lusty, nervous, nervy, peppery,
     peppy, pertinacious, perturbable, plucky, prickly, red-blooded,
     resolute, robust, sensitive, skittish, smacking, snappy, spanking,
     spirited, spiritful, spunky, startlish, strenuous, strong,
     take-charge, take-over, tenacious, touchy, tough, trenchant,
     vibrant, vigorous, vivacious, vivid, volcanic, zestful, zesty,
     zippy
  
  

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