1. material for starting a fire;
[syn: kindling, tinder, touchwood, spunk, punk]
2. the courage to carry on;
- Example: "he kept fighting on pure spunk"
- Example: "you haven't got the heart for baseball"
[syn: heart, mettle, nerve, spunk]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Spunk \Spunk\ (sp[u^][ng]k), n. [Gael. spong, or Ir. sponc, tinder, sponge; cf. AS. sponge a sponge (L. spongia), sp[=o]n a chip. Cf. Sponge, Punk.] [Written also sponk.] 1. Wood that readily takes fire; touchwood; also, a kind of tinder made from a species of fungus; punk; amadou. --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] 2. An inflammable temper; spirit; mettle; pluck; as, a man of spunk. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] A lawless and dangerous set, men of spunk, and spirit, and power, both of mind and body. --Prof. Wilson. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
86 Moby Thesaurus words for "spunk": German tinder, adventuresomeness, adventurousness, aggression, aggressiveness, amadou, ambitiousness, backbone, bang, bottle, bottom, chutzpah, courage, dash, dauntlessness, doggedness, drive, dynamism, enterprise, enterprisingness, fire, force, forcefulness, gameness, get-up-and-get, get-up-and-go, getup, ginger, go, go-ahead, go-getting, go-to-itiveness, grit, gumption, guts, gutsiness, guttiness, heart, heart of oak, hustle, initiative, intestinal fortitude, kick, marrow, mettle, mettlesomeness, moxie, nerve, pep, pepper, piss and vinegar, pith, pizzazz, pluck, pluckiness, poop, punch, punk, push, pushfulness, pushiness, pushingness, pyrotechnic sponge, resolution, resolve, sand, snap, spirit, spunkiness, stamina, starch, stout heart, thrust, tinder, tinder fungus, tinderbox, touchwood, toughness, true grit, up-and-comingness, venturesomeness, venturousness, verve, vim, zing, zip