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spunk

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Pronunciation: /spʌŋk
 
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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
informal guts, grit
British informal bottle, ballsiness
North American informal cojones, sand, moxie
vulgar slang balls
2British vulgar slang Semen.
3 [count noun] Australian A sexually attractive person.

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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