spunky

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

Definition of spunky

: full of spunk : spirited

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
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First Known Use of spunky

1786, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

28 Jul 2022

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“Spunky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spunky. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for spunky

spunky

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

Kids Definition of spunky

: full of spirit and courage

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