Definition of spunk in English:

spunk

noun

informal
  • 1Courage and determination.

    • ‘"That Sabrina sure has spunk, " he said, his admiration evident.’
    • ‘A calmer, level-headed dog is just right for a small dairy herd (as long as he has the spunk or training to nip wayward cows).’
    • ‘Apart from the adorable McLaine, the performances lack spunk and sparkle.’
    • ‘Nancy had plenty of spunk, but not much of a sense of humour.’
    • ‘She had spirit and spunk for sure, he thought, maybe after all she was old enough to be out on the road.’
    • ‘You've got more spunk, more spirit than most people will ever have.’
    • ‘Don't let her age fool you as she has plenty of spunk and just loves to play.’
    • ‘Most are ready to turn around and bolt, should the women show even a little spunk.’
    • ‘Diane is a likeable character with real spirit and spunk.’
    • ‘Unlike the usual indie rock I have been listening to on the local scene these guys had a lot of spunk, talent and an original style.’
    • ‘You have got to have a bit of spunk, as they call it, in the competition ring, and he's certainly got that.’
    • ‘But John and I do agree on a lot of issues, and I like his spunk, I like his attitude.’
    • ‘India whitewashed the West Indies in the three Test series, but the Windies showed some more spunk in the One Day Internationals.’
    • ‘By all accounts, Vivi was the belle of every youthful ball and admired for her courage and spunk.’
    • ‘Dunst is a rather reckless young rebel, a gal with spunk who drinks too much, hangs out with her naughty buddies and generally tests the authorities at her high school.’
    • ‘The actors are young and full of spunk, and if you watch really carefully, you'll catch a cameo by Quentin Tarantino.’
    • ‘Perhaps indicative of their spunk, all three women took on the mayor and opposed the redevelopment proposals for Union Station.’
    • ‘We will always remember Betty's vivacious personality and spunk.’
    • ‘In elementary school, Mamie had the spunk and tenacity to become the first girl to integrate a local baseball league team.’
    • ‘The Boston terrier sustains it popularity because it continues to embody the endearing qualities of its bulldog ancestors and the spunk of its terrier kin.’
    courage, bravery, pluck, pluckiness, courageousness, braveness, valour, mettle, gameness, daring
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  • 2British vulgar slang Semen.

  • 3Tinder; touchwood.

Origin

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘a spark, vestige’): of unknown origin; perhaps a blend of spark and obsolete funk ‘spark’.

Pronunciation

spunk

/spəNGk//spəŋk/