spunk

noun
\ ˈspəŋk How to pronounce spunk (audio) \

Definition of spunk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

spunk

verb
spunked; spunking; spunks

Definition of spunk (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

dialect
: to show spirit usually used with up

Synonyms & Antonyms for spunk

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of spunk in a Sentence

Noun That little girl has a lot of spunk. had the spunk to overcome a severe physical disability
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Riley has performed in local plays as well, and has a spunk about her which is perfect for the role of Marian, said Harding. Sheryl Devore, chicagotribune.com, 15 Mar. 2022 Jack admires her spunk, but nevertheless, carries her in and tries several tactics of persuasion. Amanda Ostuni, EW.com, 23 Mar. 2022 As a kid, Draper was drawn to female characters with spunk and determination, like Melody. Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2021 That recent Blue Origin spaceflight, combining science and spunk, was a blast. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Dec. 2021 Cashier was respected for his marksmanship and his spunk. Jay Jones, chicagotribune.com, 16 Dec. 2021 Most props that promise to lunge and jump end up moving with the spunk of a tortoise in a race. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, 20 Oct. 2021 Still, there are glimpses of that same kind of spunk here, as when Dad — aka The Voice — comes over the radio and someone hastily shoves the device off a shelf. Peter Debruge, Variety, 10 Oct. 2021 The Beavers showed some spunk last year in upsetting rival Oregon. Los Angeles Times, 2 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Wild already had spunk, but Deslauriers has crafted a nice brand in the pest-nuisance-and-hitting market. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of spunk

Noun

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1840, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spunk

Noun

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

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Last Updated

14 May 2022

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“Spunk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spunk. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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