[ pluhk ]
/ plʌk /
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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.
OTHER WORDS FOR pluck
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM pluckplucker, nounhalf-plucked, adjectiveun·plucked, adjectivewell-plucked, adjective
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How to use pluck in a sentence
Charles Plucker was one of the honored citizens of the Walla Walla valley.
Mr. Plucker was then honorably discharged and came to Walla Walla, where he opened a paint shop.
Few men of his years remain in such active connection with business affairs as did Mr. Plucker.
She was the mother of six children, all of whom are now deceased with the exception of Mrs. Plucker.
After a useful and well spent life Mr. Plucker passed away on the 30th of October, 1917.
British Dictionary definitions for pluck
/ (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 forms of pluckplucker, noun
Word Origin for pluck
Old English pluccian, plyccan; related to German pflücken
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