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SPUNK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does spunk mean? 

SPUNK (noun)
  The noun SPUNK has 2 senses:

1. material for starting a fire
2. the courage to carry on

  Familiarity information: SPUNK used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SPUNK (noun)


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Meaning:

Material for starting a fire

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Synonyms:

kindling; spunk; tinder; touchwood; punk

Hypernyms ("spunk" is a kind of...):

igniter; ignitor; lighter (a substance used to ignite or kindle a fire)


Sense 2spunk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The courage to carry on

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

mettle; nerve; spunk; heart

Context examples:

he kept fighting on pure spunk / you haven't got the heart for baseball

Hypernyms ("spunk" is a kind of...):

braveness; bravery; courage; courageousness (a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear)


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