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

Examples of spunky in a Sentence

a spunky determination to make the best of a bad situation
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First Known Use of spunky

1786, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jun 2020

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“Spunky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spunky. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce spunky (audio)

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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