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spunk

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Noun

CIDE DICTIONARY

spunkn. [Gael. spong, or Ir. sponc, tinder, sponge; cf. AS. sponge a sponge (L. spongia), sp a chip. Cf. Sponge, Punk.].
  •  Wood that readily takes fire; touchwood; also, a kind of tinder made from a species of fungus; punk; amadou.  Sir T. Browne.  [1913 Webster]
  •  An inflammable temper; spirit; mettle; pluck; as, a man of spunk.  [1913 Webster]
    "A lawless and dangerous set, men of spunk, and spirit, and power, both of mind and body."  [1913 Webster]

OXFORD DICTIONARY

spunk, n.
1 touchwood.
2 colloq. courage, mettle, spirit.
3 coarse sl. semen.

Usage
Usually considered a taboo use.
Etymology
16th c.: orig. unkn.: cf. PUNK

THESAURUS

spunk

German tinder, adventuresomeness, adventurousness, aggression, aggressiveness, amadou, ambitiousness, backbone, bang, bottle, bottom, chutzpah, courage, dash, dauntlessness, doggedness, drive, dynamism, enterprise, enterprisingness, fire, force, forcefulness, gameness, get-up-and-get, get-up-and-go, getup, ginger, go, go-ahead, go-getting, go-to-itiveness, grit, gumption, guts, gutsiness, guttiness, heart, heart of oak, hustle, initiative, intestinal fortitude, kick, marrow, mettle, mettlesomeness, moxie, nerve, pep, pepper, piss and vinegar, pith, pizzazz, pluck, pluckiness, poop, punch, punk, push, pushfulness, pushiness, pushingness, pyrotechnic sponge, resolution, resolve, sand, snap, spirit, spunkiness, stamina, starch, stout heart, thrust, tinder, tinder fungus, tinderbox, touchwood, toughness, true grit, up-and-comingness, venturesomeness, venturousness, verve, vim, zing, zip

ROGET THESAURUS

spunk

Courage

N courage, bravery, valor, resoluteness, boldness, spirit, daring, gallantry, intrepidity, contempt of danger, defiance of danger, derring-do, audacity, rashness, dash, defiance, confidence, self-reliance, manliness, manhood, nerve, pluck, mettle, game, heart, heart of grace, spunk, guts, face, virtue, hardihood, fortitude, intestinal fortitude, firmness, heart of oak, bottom, backbone, spine, resolution, bulldog courage, prowess, heroism, chivalry, exploit, feat, achievement, heroic deed, heroic act, bold stroke, man, man of mettle, hero, demigod, Amazon, Hector, lion, tiger, panther, bulldog, gamecock, fighting-cock, bully, fire eater, courageous, brave, valiant, valorous, gallant, intrepid, spirited, spiritful, high-spirited, high-mettled, mettlesome, plucky, manly, manful, resolute, stout, stout-hearted, iron-hearted, lion-hearted, heart of oak, Penthesilean, bold, bold-spirited, daring, audacious, fearless, dauntless, dreadless, aweless, undaunted, unappalled, undismayed, unawed, unblanched, unabashed, unalarmed, unflinching, unshrinking, unblanching, unapprehensive, confident, self-reliant, bold as a lion, bold as brass, enterprising, adventurous, venturous, venturesome, dashing, chivalrous, soldierly, heroic, fierce, savage, pugnacious, strong-minded, hardy, doughty, firm, determined, dogged, indomitable, up to, up to the scratch, upon one's mettle, reassured, unfeared, undreaded, one's blood being up, courage sans peur, fortes fortuna adjuvat, have I not in my time heard lions roar, I dare do all that may become a man, male vincetis sed vincite, omne solum forti patria, self-trust is the essence of heroism, stimulos dedit oemula virtus, strong and great, a hero, teloque animus proestantior omni, there, is always safety in valor, virtus ariete fortier.


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