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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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Turning 18, Jane goes to work as a governess at the estate of Edward Rochester (Michael Fassbender) where her plain-speaking ways and general spunkiness turn the class system on its head and the lord of the manor into a lovelorn idiot.
While we can't quite believe it would have been too difficult for Jolie to get into the part of a femme fatale, Depp had to shake off his Jack Sparrow spunkiness for the role and play quite an average guy.
And we cheer because we know that author Staceyann Chin is going to persevere, and her spunkiness is exactly what we want to see.
Today it has come to be our shorthand for spunkiness u a, we-will-get-the-job done attitude no matter how bad the odds are.
This production was charismatic and energetic, certainly the key to its popular success; but its charming spunkiness was also its particular indulgence and fault.
The girl is promptly sent to a widows' home, but the unfamiliarity of her surroundings doesn't suppress the child's natural spunkiness and unforced charm.
After months of dithering on the issue, Ottawa showed surprising spunk last week in standing up to the American empire--a spunkiness that will only improve our standing in a world increasingly alarmed by US unilateralism.
How we ever lost the empire with memsahib pensioners of this calibre of spunkiness is one of life's continuing mysteries.
But it was the spunkiness of Justice Charles Wells that brought down the house when he stepped up to the podium, whipped off his bow tie with a grand flourish, and announced: "It's sort of like Shakespeare said: I come not to praise this bow tie.
The joy that's in the show brings out the spunkiness inside all of us,' she says.
Corinna May finds all of Anne's opening spunkiness and her willingness to embrace Tobin's nonchalance.
In our spring puppy issue I noted that she was named for the young heroine in True Grit and I can now confirm that she is indeed living up to her namesake's spunkiness.