spunk


1spunk

noun \ˈspəŋk\

: spirit, courage, and determination

Full Definition of SPUNK

1
a :  a woody tinder :  punk
b :  any of various fungi used to make tinder
2
:  mettle, pluck

Examples of SPUNK

  1. That little girl has a lot of spunk.
  2. <had the spunk to overcome a severe physical disability>

Origin of SPUNK

Scottish Gaelic spong sponge, tinder, from Middle Irish spongc, from Latin spongia sponge
First Known Use: 1582

2spunk

intransitive verb

Definition of SPUNK

dialect
:  to show spirit —usually used with up

First Known Use of SPUNK

1840

Other Dialect Terms

bespoke, boughten, lave, muchacho, nigh, thunk, toboggan

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