spunky and adventurous, Cricket epitomized the “high-risk lifestyle” law enforcement would later describe.
That's spunky Pete and no other,' says I, tumbling into my clothes and grabbing a lantern.
spunky Jack made no reply to this, but took the letter and sat down.
"spunky little sister," encouraged the elder girl, and helped the other to the seat.
[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]