[ pluhk ]
/ plʌk /
verb (used with object)
to pull off or out from the place of growth, as fruit, flowers, feathers, etc.: to pluck feathers from a chicken.
to give a pull at; grasp: to pluck someone's sleeve.
to pull with sudden force or with a jerk.
to pull or move by force (often followed by away, off, or out).
to remove the feathers, hair, etc., from by pulling: to pluck a chicken.
Slang. to rob, plunder, or fleece.
to sound (the strings of a musical instrument) by pulling at them with the fingers or a plectrum.
verb (used without object)
to pull or tug sharply (often followed by at).
to snatch (often followed by at).
act of plucking; a tug.
the heart, liver, and lungs, especially of an animal used for food.
courage or resolution in the face of difficulties.
- to eradicate; uproot.
- to summon up one's courage; rouse one's spirits: He always plucked up at the approach of danger. She was a stranger in the town, but, plucking up her courage, she soon made friends.
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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)
verb (tr, adverb)
to pull out; uproot
to muster (courage, one's spirits, etc)
British Dictionary definitions for pluck up (2 of 2)
/ (plʌk) /
(tr) to pull off (feathers, fruit, etc) from (a fowl, tree, etc)
(when intr, foll by at) to pull or tug
(tr; foll by off, away, etc) archaic to pull (something) forcibly or violently (from something or someone)
(tr) to sound (the strings) of (a musical instrument) with the fingers, a plectrum, etc
(tr) another word for strip 1 (def. 7)
(tr) slang to fleece or swindle
courage, usually in the face of difficulties or hardship
a sudden pull or tug
the heart, liver, and lungs, esp of an animal used for food
Derived Formsplucker, noun
Word Origin for pluck
Old English pluccian, plyccan; related to German pflücken
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