• WordNet 3.6
    • adj spunky willing to face danger
    • adj spunky showing courage "the champion is faced with a feisty challenger"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Spunky Full of spunk; quick; spirited.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • spunky Showing a small fire or spark.
    • spunky Haunted: noting a place supposed to be haunted from the frequent appearance of the ignis fatuus.
    • spunky Having spunk, fire, spirit, or obstinacy; spirited; unwilling to give up, or to acknowledge one's self beaten.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Spunky spirited: fiery-tempered
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Cf. Ir. sponc, tinder, sponge—L. spongia, a sponge—Gr. sponggia.


In literature:

He's a spunky old critter, Judge Knowles is, 'cordin' to folks's tell.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
She was spunky as a widow of thirty can be.
"Incidents of the War: Humorous, Pathetic, and Descriptive" by Alf Burnett
The de'il or spunkie, whilk o' them?
"The Life of Mansie Wauch tailor in Dalkeith" by D. M. Moir
But still it looked spunky, and happy, and well contented, and seemed quite able to take care of itself.
"Cast Away in the Cold" by Isaac I. Hayes
This was more than Dock could stand, and he levelled a blow at the spunky assailant, which was parried.
"Freaks of Fortune" by Oliver Optic
I don't know what there is about a goat that makes it get so spunky, but that goat seemed to have a grudge against Pa from the first.
"The Grocery Man And Peck's Bad Boy Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa, No. 2 - 1883" by George W. Peck
Well, yer a spunky little chap to be wantin' to go to sea, and ye deserve somethin' for it.
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
Hitherto she had been fond of spunky little Mary Wilson.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird
Now you look like a spunky young lady.
"Virginia of Elk Creek Valley" by Mary Ellen Chase
Wallace became very much interested in this spunky Lindsay girl.
"In Orchard Glen" by Marian Keith

In poetry:

I saw ye at the gloamin' fa',
Gaun linkin' doun by Luggie burn,
Juist whaur aroun' the eerie howm,
Ca'd Spunkie Howe, it taks a turn.
"The Greetin' Bairn" by Janet Hamilton
Speak, woman, tell what ye hae seen;
Was it some black uncanny thing?
Or was it Spunkie, eldritch elf,
That owre ye did his glamour fling?
"The Greetin' Bairn" by Janet Hamilton
A tale aboot Spunkie I here hae to tell,
It was frae my mither's ain lips that it fell:
Her grannie, she said, a guid mither an' wife,
Had followed the imp to the loss o' her life.
"Spunkie" by Janet Hamilton
There's mony a Spunkie that dazzles oor een,
An' dances before us to ruin, I ween;
Tak' tent o' the Spunkie that wilders the brain—
That leads ye to danger, to poortith, an' pain.
"Spunkie" by Janet Hamilton
O, what's come o'Spunkie; can naebody tell
Whaur it dances an' blinks at e'en on the fell?
It's lang since I saw the bit flickerin' licht
Skippin' roun' the bog holes an' mosses at nicht.
"Spunkie" by Janet Hamilton
Oor auld faithers thocht that some uncanny thing
Gaed dancin' wi' Spunkie, puir bodies to bring—
Wha tint the richt gate, in the dark howe o' nicht—
Into danger an' dool wi' his cheatrie licht.
"Spunkie" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

I hope one day I'll be a spunky old broad.
Although to some of the youngies that work with us here at the station, I am a spunky old broad, and I like it.
Christine Lahti Tries to Fashion A Spunky 'Heidi' Daniel Sullivan, the director, with Ms Lahti and the actor David Pierce during rehearsals (Michael O'Neill): Christine Lahti in the film "Running on Empty" (pg.
Spunky Click to enlarge.
Our two-year-old is spunky and full of life.
Since it was St Patrick's Day today, Spunky made his television comeback dressed as a little leprechaun.
Former contestants on the ABC series are pretty mixed on if it'll be single mom Emily Maynard or spunky divorcee Chantal O'Brien.
Robert Junior Seeburg, a spunky 4-year-old boy whose infectious smile and battle with cancer moved the community, died Saturday.
Spunky Meigs County girl leads 'Annie' again.
Mom's Taxi: Honda delivers the spunky Civic Si Coupe at a nice price.
Starting off as just an intern in 2008 at WBTJ-Richmond 106.5 THE BEAT, Dominique's spunky personality, passion for music & ability to entertain an audience immediately shined through.
"Fun," "spunky" and "dope" are just some words that "X Factor 's" To View gallery.
Barn Theatre's 'Legally Blonde, the Musical' is fast-paced , spunky fun with a bit of a kick.
My spunky 4-year-old cousin must've gotten caught doing what she wasn't supposed to – fighting with her brother, pulling the dog's tail, playing with her food.
A New York pop-rock trio with a spunky and theatrical side, fun.