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[spuhng-kee] /ˈspʌŋ ki/
adjective, spunkier, spunkiest.
plucky; spirited.
Origin of spunky
First recorded in 1780-90; spunk + -y1
Related forms
spunkily, adverb
spunkiness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • That's spunky Pete and no other,' says I, tumbling into my clothes and grabbing a lantern.

    Poppea of the Post-Office Mabel Osgood Wright
  • spunky Jack made no reply to this, but took the letter and sat down.

    The Four Corners in Japan Amy Ella Blanchard
  • "spunky little sister," encouraged the elder girl, and helped the other to the seat.

    The Plow-Woman Eleanor Gates
Word Origin and History for spunky

"courageous, spirited," 1786, from spunk + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for spunky



Gutsy and enthusiastic; showing courage: spunky girlfriends

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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