mettle

[m_ˈɛ_t_əl], [mˈɛtə͡l], [mˈɛtə‍l]

Definitions of mettle:

  1.   Ardor or keenness of temperament: spirit: sprightliness: courage. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  2.   Mettled, mettlesome. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  3.   Ardor or spirit, especially as regards honor, etc.; disposition; courage. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4.   Natural ardour; spirit; sprightliness; courage; warmth of temperament; substance. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  5.   Stuff; spirit; constitutional ardour. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Quotes for mettle:

  1. You who live your lives in cities or among peaceful ways cannot always tell whether your friends are the kind who would go through fire for you. But on the Plains one's friends have an opportunity to prove their mettle – Buffalo Bill
  2. To busy oneself with what is futile when one can do something useful, to attend to what is simple when one has the mettle to attempt what is difficult, is to strip talent of its dignity. – Jose Marti

Usage examples for mettle:

  1. As for Jimmy, he had long ceased to make any audible comment, but internally he was saying to himself: " man of strong mettle indeed!" ” – Baby Mine by Margaret Mayo
  2. “ Lola was excited and on her mettle – The Rustle of Silk by Cosmo Hamilton
  3. They were on their mettle and they meant to show the young Shawanoe that they were capable of doing much more than he seemed to believe. ” – The Hunters of the Ozark by Edward S. Ellis
  4. This put us on our mettle and the desert was carefully watched without success on our part, but a neighbouring unit was able to report a submarine moving north across Sabkhet Bardawil. ” – The Fifth Battalion Highland Light Infantry in the War 1914-1918 by F.L. Morrison
  5. Then with a start, as one who throws off preoccupation and puts energy again upon its mettle she broke into a rapid and decisive walk. ” – New-Arabian-Nights by Stevenson, Robert Louis
  6. “ For being thus put on my mettle I determined to do whatever he did. ” – Paddy Finn by W. H. G. Kingston
  7. “ For with the election of Thord to the dignity of a Deputy, had, of course, come the necessity of resigning his old quarters where his 'Revolutionary' meetings had been held,- and he now resided in a more 'respectable' quarter of the city, in such sober, yet distinctive fashion as became one who was a friend of the King's, and who was likely to be a Minister some day, when he had further proved his political mettle – Temporal Power by Marie Corelli
  8. There ain't a better cook than I anywhere when I'm put on my mettle – Girls of the Forest by L. T. Meade
  9. “ 167.- L. and B. J. My Lord of Sedan, who was a prudent man and a merry talker, had the good father to eat at his table, and in order to put him on his mettle said to him, among other things- " Good father, you do well to make your collection while you are yet unknown. ” – The Tales Of The Heptameron, Vol. IV. (of V.) by Margaret, Queen Of Navarre
  10. There is little doubt that Abraham Lincoln's mettle was tempered to the finest quality in the fires of the great struggle from 1860 to 1865, when every hour of his waking days was fraught with the greatest responsibility. ” – Rural Life and the Rural School by Joseph Kennedy

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