A spunky person is someone who's high spirited and brave. The hero of a fairy tale is often described as spunky.

It takes a spunky traveler to cheerfully find her way across a busy city without a map, and a spunky kindergartner might march bravely into school on the first day. Someone who's spunky isn't just courageous — there's an implied pep or eagerness to the word as well. The word spunky comes from the 1530's Scottish meaning of spunk, "a spark," which is rooted in the Gaelic word spong, "tinder, pith, or sponge."

Definitions of spunky

adj showing courage

feisty, plucky
displaying animation, vigor, or liveliness

adj willing to face danger

game, gamey, gamy, gritty, mettlesome, spirited
brave, courageous
possessing or displaying courage; able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching

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