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spunky

[spuhng-kee] /ˈspʌŋ ki/
adjective, spunkier, spunkiest.
1.
plucky; spirited.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; spunk + -y1
Related forms
spunkily, adverb
spunkiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for spunkily

spunky

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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spud

noun

A potato

[1845+; origin unknown; perhaps related to the fact that in British dialect use spud means ''a weeding instrument'' and in US dialect it means ''a spade,'' hence potatoes would be something spudded or dug; a relation has been seen between the fact that potatoes are also the nickname of men named Murphy, or indeed of any Irishman]


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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