spunk

People with spunk are courageous or determined. If you've got spunk, you'll cheerfully finish a difficult hike even after falling and skinning your knees.

If someone has spunk, they have what it takes to continue doing stand-up comedy even when audiences are rude or disinterested. Spunk is what keeps you upbeat and resolute, inspiring you to persevere. Spunk is an informal noun that means "spark" in Scottish, from the Latin word for "sponge," spongia.

Definitions of spunk
  1. noun
    the courage to carry on
    “he kept fighting on pure spunk
    synonyms: heart, mettle, nerve
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    type of:
    braveness, bravery, courage, courageousness
    a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear
  2. noun
    material for starting a fire
    synonyms: kindling, punk, tinder, touchwood
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    type of:
    igniter, ignitor, lighter
    a substance used to ignite or kindle a fire
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