from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A small fire; a spark.
  • noun The ignis fatuus, or will-o'-the-wisp.
  • noun A person of a fiery or irritable temper.


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  • The three remaining spunkie guides hovered expectantly before the boy.

    Conqueror's Moon May, Julian 2003

  • The spunkie darted at him, striking his hooded head with a blow as sharp as a flung stone.

    Conqueror's Moon May, Julian 2003

  • And spunkie ance to mak us mellow, [liquor enough]

    Robert Burns How To Know Him William Allan Neilson 1907

  • Logan, the only senior who marked the byplay, thought him a hardy young spunkie.

    The House with the Green Shutters George Douglas Brown 1885

  • They would press on well into dusk, when spunkie lights rose from the hedgerows and swales and danced in the ground-mists, until they reached a suitable castle or large manor house, whose resident windvoice had received advance notice from the Royal Alchymist of the king’s imminent arrival.

    Conqueror's Moon May, Julian 2003


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