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spunk Line breaks: spunk
Pronunciation: /spʌŋk/

Definition of spunk in English:

noun

[mass noun] informal
1Courage and determination: she’s got no spunk, or she’d have left him long ago
More example sentences
  • By all accounts, Vivi was the belle of every youthful ball and admired for her courage and spunk.
  • Diane is a likeable character with real spirit and spunk.
  • She had spirit and spunk for sure, he thought, maybe after all she was old enough to be out on the road.
Synonyms
determination, spirit, backbone, strength of character, fortitude, nerve
informalguts, grit
British informalbottle, ballsiness
North American informalcojones, sand, moxie
vulgar slangballs
2British vulgar slang Semen.
Example sentences
  • I have been masturbating and ejaculating silken spunk since I first grew pubic hairs!
  • And female ejaculate doesn't even stain the sheets like male spunk does.
  • As well, our sperm counts are down, and the quality of our spunk is also worse than it was only 70 years ago.
3 [count noun] Australian A sexually attractive person.
Example sentences
  • Meanwhile my rugby friend is trying desperately to figure out exactly what went on in those rucks and mauls, and my female friend is still insisting that I give more points to Troy Cook for being a total spunk.
  • And Nick reckoned in that interview that he wasn't very good-looking, well let me tell you, it's not true, he's a dead-set spunk.
  • Affleck is a bit of a spunk, but Stiller's funny.

Origin

Mid 16th century (in the sense 'a spark, vestige'): of unknown origin; perhaps a blend of spark1 and obsolete funk 'spark'.

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  • punk from late 17th century:

    Long before the days of Johnny Rotten and the Sex Pistols, all sorts of people found themselves labelled as punks. In the past the word has been used as a term for a prostitute, a male homosexual, and in show business for a youth or young animal. In American English it has been used since the early 20th century as a disparaging word for a person and in particular a young hooligan or petty criminal. In the film Dirty Harry ( 1971) Clint Eastwood says to a crook: ‘I know what you're thinking. “Did he fire six shots or only five?” Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself…You've got to ask yourself a question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?’ Since the 1970s the word has been applied to admirers or players of punk rock, a loud, fast-moving, aggressive form of rock music: the first US mention of punk rock comes in 1971, five years before the first British punk record, ‘New Rose’ by the Damned. The original punk was not a person at all, but, in 17th-century North America, a term for soft crumbly wood that has been attacked by fungus. This was used as tinder as it caught fire easily. Its ultimate origin is not known, although it probably related to spunk (mid 16th century), which originally meant a spark, a fire or tinder, before developing the senses ‘courage and determination’ (late 18th century), and ‘semen’ (late 19th century) which is itself of uncertain origin.

Words that rhyme with spunk

bunk, chunk, clunk, drunk, dunk, flunk, funk, gunk, hunk, Monck, monk, plunk, shrunk, skunk, slunk, stunk, sunk, thunk, trunk

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