If you're spirited and brave, you're mettlesome. It takes a mettlesome person to hike the Appalachian Trail all alone.

The adjective mettlesome is a great way to describe someone who's full of pride or courage — although it's also an old-fashioned, somewhat literary way to do it. Many classic children's books feature mettlesome main characters, like Huckleberry Finn and Ann of Green Gables. Though it sounds a bit like the nosy word meddlesome, mettlesome is rooted instead in mettle, "the stuff of which someone is made."

Definitions of mettlesome
  1. adjective
    having a proud and unbroken spirit
    displaying animation, vigor, or liveliness
  2. adjective
    willing to face danger
    synonyms: game, gamey, gamy, gritty, spirited, spunky
    brave, courageous
    possessing or displaying courage; able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching
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