Origin of pluck

before 1000; Middle English plukken (v.), Old English pluccian, cognate with Middle Low German plucken; akin to Dutch plukken, German pflücken
Related formspluck·er, nounhalf-plucked, adjectiveun·plucked, adjectivewell-plucked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pluck up (1 of 2)

pluck up


verb (tr, adverb)

to pull out; uproot
to muster (courage, one's spirits, etc)

British Dictionary definitions for pluck up (2 of 2)

pluck

/ (plʌk) /

verb

noun

Derived Formsplucker, noun

Word Origin for pluck

Old English pluccian, plyccan; related to German pflücken
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