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 forms

pluck·er, nounhalf-plucked, adjectiveun·plucked, adjectivewell-plucked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for plucked


/ (plʌk) /



Derived Forms

plucker, noun

Word Origin for pluck

Old English pluccian, plyccan; related to German pflücken
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