\ 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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That's right; not gray, not beige, not that dreaded combination of the two greige, but a deep, spunky blue, inspired by history and travel. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "PPG's Color of the Year Is...," 10 June 2019 Fiction for young people is full of spunky, plucky young women role models. Constance Grady, Vox, "Reckoning with Twilight, 10 years later," 21 Nov. 2018 Over the past four years, the 17-year-old actor starred as the Huangs' spunky next-door-neighbor Nicole on Fresh Off the Boat. Ilana Kaplan, Teen Vogue, "Luna Blaise Debuts "Secrets" Music Video and Talks Her New Show "Manifest"," 11 Oct. 2018 Telegram’s spunky autonomy is refreshing, but the company is practically stateless at a time when large platforms depend heavily on the infrastructure and cooperation of state telecom authorities. Jacob Silverman, Longreads, "Private Telegram, Public Strife," 3 July 2018 No round of 16 upsets: In a tournament full of surprises, there doesn't seem to be any matchup where a spunky underdog would give a tense favorite a tough game. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Why Jeff Greer sees Croatia facing Brazil in the World Cup 2018 final," 29 June 2018 And so, with a cashier’s check and a leap of faith, Mr. Levitt joined the growing ranks of small-time real estate investors who model themselves on spunky TV personalities. New York Times, "For House Flippers, Reality Meets Reality TV," 15 June 2018 And in perhaps one of the greatest videos on the internet, Storms's husband, Brandon Barash, couldn't resist poking fun at his wife's DCOM days as the spunky Zenon Karr. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "12 Disney and Nick Stars Making Fun of Their Famous Characters," 8 Aug. 2017 In her spare time, the 71-year-old Oscar winner has managed to beautifully transform and sell a number of California homes — from a 1920s Spanish colonial style residence in Beverly Hills to a Pacific Palisades manse with some spunky signage. Rachel Swalin, ELLE Decor, "Diane Keaton's Former Laguna Beach Home Is On The Market For $16 Million," 23 May 2017

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First Known Use of spunky

1786, in the meaning defined above

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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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