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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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  • The landlady was already in hysterics; the Vogt girls were pale but plucky.

  • How glad I am that I—And how plucky and splendid of you not to lose your head, but just to hang on.

  • Marie Roger kissed me, saying, "You are a plucky little comrade!"

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • He was good-natured, plucky in a hard-headed British way, and gentlemanly.

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
  • I must confess that I was stupefied with admiration for this plucky man.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
British Dictionary definitions for plucky


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 plucky

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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