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spunky

[spuhng-kee] /ˈspʌŋ ki/
adjective, spunkier, spunkiest.
1.
plucky; spirited.
Origin of spunky
1780-1790
1780-90; spunk + -y1
Related forms
spunkily, adverb
spunkiness, noun
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  • 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
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for spunky

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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