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spunky

Energetically, enthusiastically resolute or courageous; having or showing spirit or moxie. She plays Rebecca, a spunky teenager looking to make a name for herself as a drummer. The company hired a spunky new marketing manager who has really turned around their quarterly sales.

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.
The two lithe dancers converse bodily (feet, arms, hips, rib cages spunkily counterpointing one another like mirror images), but the passing of crucial information - that Santiago is doomed to die - is delayed.
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.