from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having abundance of mettle; ardent; full of fire.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • High-spirited; courageous; full of fire; mettlesome: as, a high-mettled steed.


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  • 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.

    Frankel could be the best colt ever trained by veteran Henry Cecil

  • 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.

    The Monastery

  • 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,

    My Aunt Margaret's Mirror

  • Amelung land, 150 whom the lord of Berne doth lead — high-mettled warriors they.

    The Nibelungenlied

  • 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

    The Nibelungenlied

  • These hard toils later brought the high-mettled warriors pain.

    The Nibelungenlied

  • Richly appareled chamberlains marched on in front, while the high-mettled warriors forsooth must press where they might see the lovely maid.

    The Nibelungenlied

  • 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.

    The Nibelungenlied

  • 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.

    The Nibelungenlied

  • When now the lovely maids had donned the garments they should wear, there then drew near a mickle band of high-mettled champions.

    The Nibelungenlied


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