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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.
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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.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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