spunky

adjective \ ˈspəŋ-kē \
Updated on: 19 May 2018
spunkier; spunkiest
: full of spunk : spirited

spunkily

play \ˈspəŋ-kə-lē\ adverb

spunkiness

play \ˈspəŋ-kē-nəs\ noun

Examples of spunky in a Sentence

  1. a spunky determination to make the best of a bad situation

Recent Examples of spunky from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'spunky.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of spunky

1786

in the meaning defined above

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

SPUNKY Defined for English Language Learners

spunky

  • : full of spirit, courage, and determination


SPUNKY Defined for Kids

spunky

adjective \ ˈspəŋ-kē \
spunkier; spunkiest
: full of spirit and courage


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up spunky? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to seize or ascribe

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • spring-flowers
  • Which is a synonym of raillery?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!