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Date: 1700-1800
Origin: Probably from spunk 'spark' (16-19 centuries), from Scottish Gaelic spong 'sponge, material for lighting fires', from Latin spongia; SPONGE1

spunk

noun
     
spunk [uncountable] informal
1 especially American English courage:
She had a lot of spunk.
2 British English not polite semen

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