Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Informal Spirited; plucky.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Spirited or plucky.
  • adj. Pertaining to or like spunk (semen).
  • adj. Stained with semen.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of spunk; quick; spirited.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Showing a small fire or spark.
  • Haunted: noting a place supposed to be haunted from the frequent appearance of the ignis fatuus.
  • Having spunk, fire, spirit, or obstinacy; spirited; unwilling to give up, or to acknowledge one's self beaten.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. willing to face danger
  • adj. showing courage

Etymologies

From spunk +‎ -y. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Here 'spunky' is slang for 'covered in seminal fluid'.

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  • Sure, the ladies sing indistinctly with no harmony whatsoever, but they did write much of their own material and have a certain spunky charm that’s not easy to resist.

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  • Mr. Liu is known as a spunky, everyday kid who exudes a kind of personality that also isn't handed down by the state.

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  • He was blind in one eye and described as spunky, but he sired infertile eggs.

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  • To most of the world, Lech Walesa is known as a spunky and courageous freedom fighter whose Solidarity trade union helped bring about the collapse of communism in Poland and in Eastern Europe, and helped eventually to bring down the Soviet Union.

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  • Todd Lowe, who plays Terry Bellefleur said, "A lot of people will be getting naked this season," and Carrie Preston (aka spunky redhead Arlene Fowler) revealed that Alex is the one with the most nude scenes!

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  • People describe Jamie as spunky, and I've been described as spunky before.

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  • I only hope that one day I can be the kind of spunky woman she is.

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  • It's a nice write-up, even if they did use the word "spunky" to describe Marlys.

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  • I don't agree with your politics, but at least be intelligent and represent women as capable kick ass politicians - not 'spunky' gals...

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