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spunkie

[spuhng-kee] /ˈspʌŋ ki/
noun, Scot.
1.
a will-o'-the-wisp.
Origin of spunkie
1720-1730
First recorded in 1720-30; spunk + -ie
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  • Even spunkie did not escape, but had to submit to the ignominy of a bath.

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  • She's coming home, spunkie; and she'll make it a home for you, for me, and for all of us.

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  • "There, spunkie," she said gayly to the cat, who had just uncurled from a nap behind the stove.

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  • Pete appeared at the door to get spunkie, and to see that everything was all right for the night.

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  • spunkie has been boarding out all August at a cat home, but he seems glad to get back to us.

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  • spunkie—thou shalt henceforth be my symbol signature, and tutelary genius!

  • Will is in Bertram's den dozing before the fireplace with spunkie curled up in his lap.

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  • spunkie, disturbed from her doze by the fire, uttered a purring "me-o-ow," and looked up inquiringly.

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  • Uncle William jerked himself awake, and spunkie opened sleepy eyes.

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  • And Billy shook a pair of worsted reins, hung with little soft balls, full in spunkie's face.

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