Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- High-spirited; courageous; full of fire; mettlesome: as, a high-mettled steed.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having abundance of mettle; ardent; full of fire.
“But his raw talent is only part of the fascination because this son of Galileo is also vulnerable, high-mettled, at risk of burning through his reserves of energy before reaching halfway.”
“The motherly, but coarse kindness of Dame Glendinning, and the doating fondness of her old domestic, seemed now the only kind feeling of which she formed the object; and she could not but reflect how little these were to be compared with the devoted attachment of a high-souled youth, whom the least glance of her eye could command, as the high-mettled steed is governed by the bridle of the rider.”
“But I dare say that kind-hearted sovereign would not deem that an old woman did him, much injury if she leaned back in her arm-chair, just in such a twilight as this, and thought of the high-mettled men, whose sense of duty called them to arms against his grandfather; and how, in a cause which they deemed that of their rightful prince and country,”
“Amelung land, 150 whom the lord of Berne doth lead — high-mettled warriors they.”
“Then many a fair maid hied her to the casement and gazed upon the street, where many high-mettled warriors were seen riding into the”
“These hard toils later brought the high-mettled warriors pain.”
“Richly appareled chamberlains marched on in front, while the high-mettled warriors forsooth must press where they might see the lovely maid.”
“In jousting great store of clothes were torn by good knights, by the high-mettled warriors, after the custom of the land, until the king dismounted by the hall.”
“More high-mettled warriors never rode in such lordly wise to the land of any king; they had whatever they listed, both of weapons and of weeds.”
“When now the lovely maids had donned the garments they should wear, there then drew near a mickle band of high-mettled champions.”
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