Definition of spunk in English:

spunk

noun

  • 1informal Courage and determination.

    • ‘But John and I do agree on a lot of issues, and I like his spunk, I like his attitude.’
    • ‘In elementary school, Mamie had the spunk and tenacity to become the first girl to integrate a local baseball league team.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Don't let her age fool you as she has plenty of spunk and just loves to play.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You've got more spunk, more spirit than most people will ever have.’
    • ‘She had spirit and spunk for sure, he thought, maybe after all she was old enough to be out on the road.’
    • ‘We will always remember Betty's vivacious personality and spunk.’
    • ‘You have got to have a bit of spunk, as they call it, in the competition ring, and he's certainly got that.’
    • ‘"That Sabrina sure has spunk, " he said, his admiration evident.’
    • ‘Perhaps indicative of their spunk, all three women took on the mayor and opposed the redevelopment proposals for Union Station.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nancy had plenty of spunk, but not much of a sense of humour.’
    • ‘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 Boston terrier sustains it popularity because it continues to embody the endearing qualities of its bulldog ancestors and the spunk of its terrier kin.’
    • ‘The actors are young and full of spunk, and if you watch really carefully, you'll catch a cameo by Quentin Tarantino.’
    • ‘Apart from the adorable McLaine, the performances lack spunk and sparkle.’
    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/