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3 definitions found
 for spunk
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Spunk \Spunk\ (sp[u^][ng]k), n. [Gael. spong, or Ir. sponc,
     tinder, sponge; cf. AS. sponge a sponge (L. spongia), sp[=o]n
     a chip. Cf. Sponge, Punk.] [Written also sponk.]
     1. Wood that readily takes fire; touchwood; also, a kind of
        tinder made from a species of fungus; punk; amadou. --Sir
        T. Browne.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. An inflammable temper; spirit; mettle; pluck; as, a man of
        spunk. [Colloq.]
        [1913 Webster]
  
              A lawless and dangerous set, men of spunk, and
              spirit, and power, both of mind and body. --Prof.
                                                    Wilson.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  spunk
      n 1: material for starting a fire [syn: kindling, tinder,
           touchwood, spunk, punk]
      2: the courage to carry on; "he kept fighting on pure spunk";
         "you haven't got the heart for baseball" [syn: heart,
         mettle, nerve, spunk]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  86 Moby Thesaurus words for "spunk":
     German tinder, adventuresomeness, adventurousness, aggression,
     aggressiveness, amadou, ambitiousness, backbone, bang, bottle,
     bottom, chutzpah, courage, dash, dauntlessness, doggedness, drive,
     dynamism, enterprise, enterprisingness, fire, force, forcefulness,
     gameness, get-up-and-get, get-up-and-go, getup, ginger, go,
     go-ahead, go-getting, go-to-itiveness, grit, gumption, guts,
     gutsiness, guttiness, heart, heart of oak, hustle, initiative,
     intestinal fortitude, kick, marrow, mettle, mettlesomeness, moxie,
     nerve, pep, pepper, piss and vinegar, pith, pizzazz, pluck,
     pluckiness, poop, punch, punk, push, pushfulness, pushiness,
     pushingness, pyrotechnic sponge, resolution, resolve, sand, snap,
     spirit, spunkiness, stamina, starch, stout heart, thrust, tinder,
     tinder fungus, tinderbox, touchwood, toughness, true grit,
     up-and-comingness, venturesomeness, venturousness, verve, vim,
     zing, zip
  
  

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