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spunky

(ˈspəŋki)
mod. gutsy; courageous. I like a spunky girl—one who can really dance. The guy’s a shrimp, but he’s spunky.
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When the pain inflicted by his bullying schoolfellow, Roald Dahl, exceeded the sadomasochistic pain-pleasure ratio, Welch upped and spunkily ran away from Repton.
Her post included the following: "Whether the movie will have any box office staying power or quickly go into DVD, as Anna Wintour is reputed to have said after spunkily attending a Manhattan screening of it (wearing a cream and black tea-length Prada dress of 'old' vintage, which in Anna-speak could mean a season or two off the current one), remains to be seen.