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[pluhk-ee] /ˈplʌk i/
adjective, pluckier, pluckiest.
having or showing pluck or courage; brave:
The drowning swimmer was rescued by a plucky schoolboy.
Origin of plucky
First recorded in 1820-30; pluck + -y1
Related forms
pluckily, adverb
pluckiness, noun
courageous, determined; cheerful; spunky, spirited. Unabridged
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  • It was beautiful, the pluckiness of it, the impudence of it.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • They were decidedly in the wrong, but one cannot but admire their pluckiness.

    The Story of London Henry B. Wheatley
  • It is no more than he ought to have done, for your pluckiness saved Flurry.

    Esther Rosa Nouchette Carey
British Dictionary definitions for pluckiness


adjective pluckier, pluckiest
having or showing courage in the face of difficulties, danger, etc
Derived Forms
pluckily, adverb
pluckiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for pluckiness



1831, from pluck (n.) + -y (2). Related: Pluckily; pluckiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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