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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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Related Words for spunky

energetic, fearless, peppy, high-spirited, courageous, plucky, chirpy, active, alert, animated, bold, brave, eager, enthusiastic, fiery, game, gritty, gutsy, snappy, sprightly

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Contemporary Examples of spunky

Historical Examples of spunky

  • 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).

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