Spunk

Spunk

(spk), n. [Gael. spong, or Ir. sponc, tinder, sponge; cf. AS. sponge a sponge (L. spongia), spn 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.
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2. An inflammable temper; spirit; mettle; pluck; as, a man of spunk. [Colloq.]
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A lawless and dangerous set, men of spunk, and spirit, and power, both of mind and body.
Prof. Wilson.
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