Meaning of “spunk” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “spunk” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"spunk" in American English

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spunknoun [ U ]

us /spʌŋk/ approving

brave determination and confidence even in discouraging situations:

The kid showed lots of spunk to compete with her arm in a cast.
spunky
adjective us /ˈspʌŋ·ki/

approving

a spunky nine-year-old

(Definition of “spunk” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)