sponk
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]


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