1. [syn: heart, mettle, nerve, spunk]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Mettle \Met"tle\, n. [E. metal, used in a tropical sense in
allusion to the temper of the metal of a sword blade. See
Substance or quality of temperament; spirit, esp. as regards
honor, courage, fortitude, ardor, etc.; disposition; --
usually in a good sense; as, to test a person's mettle.
A certain critical hour which shall . . . try what
mettle his heart is made of. --South.
Gentlemen of brave mettle. --Shak.
The winged courser, like a generous horse,
Shows most true mettle when you check his course.
To put one one's mettle, to cause or incite one to use
one's best efforts.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the courage to carry on; "he kept fighting on pure spunk";
"you haven't got the heart for baseball" [syn: heart,
mettle, nerve, spunk]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
92 Moby Thesaurus words for "mettle":
activity, animation, animus, aptitude, ardor, backbone, bent, bias,
bottom, brio, briskness, cast, character, chutzpah, constitution,
courage, dauntlessness, diathesis, disposition, eccentricity, elan,
enthusiasm, gameness, glow, grain, grit, gusto, guts, gutsiness,
guttiness, heart, heart of oak, idiosyncrasy, impetuosity, impetus,
inclination, individualism, intestinal fortitude, joie de vivre,
kidney, leaning, life, liveliness, lustiness, make, makeup,
mental set, mettlesomeness, mind, mind-set, mold, moxie, nature,
nerve, perkiness, pertness, pith, pluck, pluckiness, predilection,
predisposition, preference, proclivity, propensity, resolution,
robustness, set, slant, spirit, spiritedness, spunk, spunkiness,
stamina, stamp, stout heart, strain, streak, stripe, temper,
temperament, tendency, toughness, true grit, turn, turn of mind,
twist, type, vivacity, warmth, warp, zest, zestfulness