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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.

  2. An inflammable temper; spirit; mettle; pluck; as, a man of spunk. [Colloq.]

    A lawless and dangerous set, men of spunk, and spirit, and power, both of mind and body.
    --Prof. Wilson.


n. (dated form of spunk English)