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[spuhng-kee] /ˈspʌŋ ki/
adjective, spunkier, spunkiest.
plucky; spirited.
Origin of spunky
1780-90; spunk + -y1
Related forms
spunkily, adverb
spunkiness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Toasted sesame paste is the creamy base for the spunky sauce here.
  • The ruling triggered a wholly predictable-but admirably spunky-outcry from the nation's cheer community.
  • Clear vision and spunky leadership are all well and good.
  • Witherspoon has been pinwheeling this spunky charm for ages.
  • Angered, the spunky bride refuses to sleep with her new husband.
  • They're spunky enough, generally, to take care of themselves.
  • They encountered numerous challenges that threaten the spunky family and their trees.
  • Here is the heartwarming true story of how one spunky, curious dachshund triumphs over adversity.
  • It makes me feel pretty spunky to see this many people out there.
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



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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