- courage; spirit
- inherent character
- on one's mettle ⇒ roused to putting forth one's best efforts
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
met•tle /ˈmɛtəl/USA pronunciation n. [uncountable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- courage or willingness to do a task:a man of mettle.
- disposition or temperament:of fine mettle.
met•tle (met′l),USA pronunciation n.
- courage and fortitude:a man of mettle.
- disposition or temperament:a man of fine mettle.
- Idiomson one's mettle, in the position of being incited to do one's bestThe loss of the first round put him on his mettle to win the match.
- spelling, spelled variant of metal, in metaphoric usages 1575–85
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . valor, pluck, vigor, ardor, nerve, fiber.
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mettle /ˈmɛtəl/ n
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