\ ˈspəŋ-kē How to pronounce spunky (audio) \
spunkier; spunkiest

Definition of spunky

: full of spunk : spirited

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Other Words from spunky

spunkily \ ˈspəŋ-​kə-​lē How to pronounce spunky (audio) \ adverb
spunkiness \ ˈspəŋ-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce spunky (audio) \ noun

Examples of spunky in a Sentence

a spunky determination to make the best of a bad situation
Recent Examples on the Web And then there was my favorite, the aforementioned shrimp, which was propped in a bright springtime salad with shaved fennel and radishes and spunky snap peas. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 30 May 2021 The name of the restaurant refers to the spunky variety of Sonoran mezcal that was until recently a Mexican moonshine made by bootleggers. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 21 May 2021 And of course, Tia's spunky mom, Lisa (national treasure Jackée Harry), stole every scene and bumped up the show in EW's rankings. Ew Staff, EW.com, 10 May 2021 In that film, fans got to see the spunky, beautiful, silly, confident, adventurous Selena who often clashed with her dad and put her foot down to get her way — the one who Pérez so vividly described in his 2012 book, To Selena With Love. Rosa Sanchez, Rolling Stone, 30 Apr. 2021 Following an embarrassing loss one night earlier against the short-handed Toronto Raptors, the Cavs looked motivated and spunky. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 11 Apr. 2021 There’s Beverly Ellis Wright from Massachusetts, a spunky social butterfly who was once the captain of her cheerleading team and married her high school sweetheart, a football player. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, 20 Apr. 2021 As previously mentioned, Brown reprises her Godzilla: King of the Monsters role of Madison Russell, continuing to corner the market on spunky kids chasing down grand conspiracies. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, 5 Apr. 2021 Dear Readers: Today is April 1, traditionally known as a fun and spunky day to pull innovative but harmless pranks on friends and family. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of spunky

1786, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jun 2021

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“Spunky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spunky. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of spunky

informal : full of spirit, courage, and determination


\ ˈspəŋ-kē How to pronounce spunky (audio) \
spunkier; spunkiest

Kids Definition of spunky

: full of spirit and courage

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