adjective, spunkier, spunkiest.
plucky; spirited.

1780–90; spunk + -y1

spunkily, adverb
spunkiness, noun
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spunk (spʌŋk)
1.  informal courage or spirit
2.  (Brit) a slang word for semen
3.  touchwood or tinder, esp originally made from various spongy types of fungus
4.  informal (Austral), (NZ) a person, esp male, who is sexually attractive
[C16 (in the sense: a spark): from Scottish Gaelic spong tinder, sponge, from Latin spongia sponge]
usage  The second sense of this word was formerly considered to be taboo, and it was labelled as such in previous editions of Collins English Dictionary. However, it has now become acceptable in speech, although some older or more conservative people may object to its use

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Example sentences
Toasted sesame paste is the creamy base for the spunky sauce here.
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.
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