A name for the *Will-o'-the-Wisp in some areas, for example Lowland Scotland and Somerset, from a dialect word for a spark. In Somerset, spunkies were thought to be the souls of *unbaptized children doomed to wander the earth till Judgement Day (Tongue, 1965: 93-5).

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  • Spunky — Spunk y ( [y^]), a. [Compar. {Spunkier} ( [i^]*[ e]r); superl. {Spunkiest}.] Full of spunk; quick; spirited. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spunky — courageous, spirited, 1786, from SPUNK (Cf. spunk) + Y (Cf. y) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • spunky — *spirited, high spirited, mettlesome, fiery, peppery, gingery Analogous words: dauntless, undaunted, bold (see BRAVE): daring, venturesome (see ADVENTUROUS): restive, restless, *impatient …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • spunky — [adj] spirited active, alert, animated, bold, bouncy, brave, chirpy, courageous, eager, energetic, enthusiastic, fearless, fiery, full of life, full of spirit, game, gritty, gutsy*, highspirited, peppy, plucky, snappy, sprightly, tough, vigorous …   New thesaurus

  • spunky — [spuŋ′kē] adj. spunkier, spunkiest Informal having spunk; courageous; spirited spunkily adv. spunkiness n …   English World dictionary

  • Spunky — Rocko s Modern Life character name=Spunky gender=Male appearance=No Pain, No Gain (TV show) Issue #1, first story Dental Hyjinks (comic book) job=None species= Dog voiceactor =Carlos Alazraqui Spunky is a fictional character in the cartoon series …   Wikipedia

  • Spunky — Juha Kaarsalo aka Johnny Spunky (1988) Johnny Spunky (* 16. November 1958 in Turku; eigentlich Juha Kaarsalo) ist ein finnischer Musiker, Songtexter und Autor. Seine Synthie Pop Variationen, die unter anderem von John Peel einer breiteren… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • spunky — [[t]spʌ̱ŋki[/t]] spunkier, spunkiest ADJ GRADED (approval) A spunky person shows courage. [INFORMAL] ...a spunky girl... She s so spunky and spirited. Syn: gutsy …   English dictionary

  • spunky — UK [ˈspʌŋkɪ] / US adjective Word forms spunky : adjective spunky comparative spunkier superlative spunkiest informal a spunky person is lively, determined, and brave …   English dictionary

  • spunky — spunk|y [ˈspʌŋki] adj informal having a lot of courage, energy, or determination ▪ a spunky performance ▪ a spunky heroine …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • spunky — [“sparjki] mod. gutsy; courageous. □ I like a spunky girl one who can really dance. □ The guy’s a shrimp, but he’s spunky …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions