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spunk

 (spŭngk)
n.
1. Informal Spirit; pluck.
2. Punk, touchwood, or other tinder.
3. Vulgar Slang Ejaculated semen.

[Scottish Gaelic spong, tinder, from Latin spongia, sponge; see sponge.]

spunk

(spʌŋk)
n
1. informal courage or spirit
2. Brit a slang word for semen
3. touchwood or tinder, esp originally made from various spongy types of fungus
4. informal Austral and NZ a person, esp male, who is sexually attractive
[C16 (in the sense: a spark): from Scottish Gaelic spong tinder, sponge, from Latin spongia sponge]
ˈspunky adj
ˈspunkily adv
Usage: The second sense of this word was formerly considered to be taboo, and it was labelled as such in older editions of Collins English Dictionary. However, it has now become acceptable in speech, although some older or more conservative people may object to its use

spunk

(spʌŋk)

n.
1. pluck; spirit; mettle.
2. tinder; touchwood; punk.
[1530–40; obscurely akin to funk spark, touchwood, punk1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spunk - material for starting a firespunk - material for starting a fire  
igniter, ignitor, lighter - a substance used to ignite or kindle a fire
2.spunk - the courage to carry onspunk - the courage to carry on; "he kept fighting on pure spunk"; "you haven't got the heart for baseball"
braveness, bravery, courage, courageousness - a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear

spunk

noun (Informal) courage, spirit, nerve, balls (taboo slang), bottle (Brit. slang), resolution, guts (informal), pluck, grit, backbone, toughness, mettle, gumption (informal), gameness, ballsiness (taboo slang) I admired her independence and her spunk.

spunk

noun
Informal. The quality of mind enabling one to face danger or hardship resolutely:
Informal: spunkiness.
Slang: gut (used in plural), gutsiness, moxie.
Translations

spunk

[spʌŋk] N
1. (= spirit) → ánimo m, valor m, agallas fpl
2. (Brit) (sperm) → leche f

spunk

[ˈspʌŋk] n
(= courage) → cran m
(British) (= semen) → foutre m

spunk

n
(inf)Mumm m (inf), → Courage f
(vulg: = semen) → Saft m (sl)

spunk

[spʌŋk] n (fam) she's got spunkha fegato
References in classic literature ?
I tried for a second or two to brace up and out with it, but I warn't man enough -- hadn't the spunk of a rabbit.
I had got my strength back with my spunk, and I walked on part of the night away from the lake, until I got to the edge of a very big wood.
Anne wondered if Jane had also proposed to Nettie for him, or if he had mustered enough spunk to ask the fateful question himself.
That fireplace--those big stones--I was soft, then, a little, anemic, alcoholic degenerate, with the spunk of a rabbit and about one per cent as much stamina, and some of those big stones nearly broke my back and my heart.
If Willy Fraser had had as much spunk as Peter, Miss Cecily King mightn't be so low spirited," quoth Dan, significantly.
You've got spunk, as you Yanks s'y, an' I like yer in a w'y.
Not one of them had half the spunk of this or that burglar he had known.
Spunk, with its music and dance, humor and intensity, breathes new life into her remarkable short stories from the Harlem Renaissance.
has a passionate mission to curate collections with spunk and flair.
While this season has failed to throw up a girl with the spunk of sacked South African cheerleader Gabriella Pasqualotto, whose tell all blog ' The Secret Diary of an IPL cheerleader' made headlines back in 2011, we take our chances and round up the current line- up of cheergirls on the field and decode their glam quotient.
She was pleasant natured, realistic, honest and had a great sense of humor with plenty of spunk to go with it.
The Hair Salon opened in January 2009 and the lead hair dresser and owner brought some Philadelphia spunk to the Naples area.