- having or showing pluck or courage; brave: The drowning swimmer was rescued by a plucky schoolboy.
Origin of plucky
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courageous, determined; cheerful; spunky, spirited.
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Examples from the Web for plucky
Joey was strong, resourceful, plucky, goofy, and vulnerable—and, of course, you hoped she would pick Pacey over Dawson.How Can Katie Holmes Escape Tom Cruise—and ‘Dawson’s Creek’?
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True, the story contains no sex scenes and no swearing, and its protagonists, other than Skink, are two plucky teenagers.Can Carl Hiaasen Save Florida?
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Plucky Costa Rica upsets vaunted Uruguay, as Italy outsmarts England.The Group of Life
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But then, excepting Strike and his plucky assistant, Robin, almost no one in this story is particularly nice.Speed Read: J.K. Rowling Pens Another Winner With ‘The Silkworm’
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But on a plucky Jewish mayor, ripping through a comeback tour?Anthony Weiner Is Now Wearing Colorful Pants on the Mayoral Campaign Trail
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The landlady was already in hysterics; the Vogt girls were pale but plucky.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
How glad I am that I—And how plucky and splendid of you not to lose your head, but just to hang on.The Incomplete Amorist
Marie Roger kissed me, saying, "You are a plucky little comrade!"
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.
- having or showing courage in the face of difficulties, danger, etc
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Word Origin and History for plucky
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