spunk
I. noun Etymology: Scottish Gaelic spong sponge, tinder, from Middle Irish spongc, from Latin spongia sponge Date: 1582 1. a. a woody tinder ; punk b. any of various fungi used to make tinder 2. mettle, pluck 3. spirit, liveliness II. intransitive verb Date: 1840 dialect to show spirit — usually used with up

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  • Spunk — ist der Markenname für Salzlakritz und Weingummis, die von der dänischen Galle Jessen A/S produziert werden. Die Lakritze ist klein, schwarz, sehr trocken und salzig. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Packungsgröße 2 Verfügbarkeit in Deutschland 3 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • spunk — [spʌŋk] n [U] informal [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: Probably from spunk spark (16 19 centuries), from Scottish Gaelic spong sponge, material for lighting fires , from Latin spongia; SPONGE1] 1.) especially AmE courage ▪ She had a lot of spunk …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Spunk — 〈[spʌ̣ŋk] m.; Gen.: s, Pl.: s; Jugendspr.〉 Mut, Courage; er hat keinen Spunk, wenn es Schwierigkeiten gibt [Etym.: engl., »Mut, Mumm«] …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

  • spunk — 1530s, a spark, Scottish, from Gaelic spong tinder, pith, sponge, from L. spongia (see SPONGE (Cf. sponge)). The sense of courage, pluck, mettle is first attested 1773. A similar sense evolution took place in cognate Ir. sponnc sponge, tinder,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • spunk — index resolution (decision) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • spunk — [ spʌŋk ] noun uncount 1. ) INFORMAL a brave or determined attitude 2. ) IMPOLITE a very informal word for SEMEN …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • spunk — [n] courage, nerve backbone, determination, doggedness, fortitude, gameness, grit*, gumption*, guts*, intestinal fortitude*, mettle, moxie*, pluck, resolution, spirit, toughness, true grit*; concepts 411,633 Ant. cowardice …   New thesaurus

  • spunk — ► NOUN 1) informal courage and determination. 2) Brit. vulgar slang semen. 3) Austral. informal a sexually attractive person. DERIVATIVES spunky adjective (spunkier, spunkiest) . ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

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