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spunk

play
noun \ˈspəŋk\

Simple Definition of spunk

  • : spirit, courage, and determination

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of spunk

  1. 1a :  a woody tinder :  punkb :  any of various fungi used to make tinder

  2. 2 :  mettle, pluck

  3. 3 :  spirit, liveliness

Examples of spunk in a sentence

  1. That little girl has a lot of spunk.

  2. <had the spunk to overcome a severe physical disability>



Origin and Etymology of spunk

Scottish Gaelic spong sponge, tinder, from Middle Irish spongc, from Latin spongia sponge


First Known Use: 1582


2

spunk

intransitive verb

Definition of spunk

dial

  1. :  to show spirit —usually used with up



1840

First Known Use of spunk

1840

Other Dialect Terms


SPUNK Defined for Kids

spunk

play
noun \ˈspəŋk\

Definition of spunk for Students



History for spunk

The English word spunk comes from spong, a word in Scottish Gaelic (the traditional language of northern Scotland) that meant “tinder” or “sponge.” This word, in turn, came from Latin spongia, “sponge.” The English word at first meant “tinder,” which is a spongy material that catches fire easily. Since the human spirit can also be thought of as catching fire, spunk came to mean “spirit.”


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