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spunky

[spuhng-kee]
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adjective, spunk·i·er, spunk·i·est.
  1. plucky; spirited.
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Origin of spunky

First recorded in 1780–90; spunk + -y1
Related formsspunk·i·ly, adverbspunk·i·ness, noun
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Word Origin and History for spunkiness

spunky

adj.

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

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