adjective, pluck·i·er, pluck·i·est.

having or showing pluck or courage; brave: The drowning swimmer was rescued by a plucky schoolboy.

Origin of plucky

First recorded in 1820–30; pluck + -y1
Related formspluck·i·ly, adverbpluck·i·ness, noun

Synonyms for plucky Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pluckiness

Contemporary Examples of pluckiness

Historical Examples of pluckiness

  • It was beautiful, the pluckiness of it, the impudence of it.

    Following the Equator, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • They were decidedly in the wrong, but one cannot but admire their pluckiness.

    The Story of London

    Henry B. Wheatley

  • It is no more than he ought to have done, for your pluckiness saved Flurry.


    Rosa Nouchette Carey

British Dictionary definitions for pluckiness


adjective pluckier or pluckiest

having or showing courage in the face of difficulties, danger, etc
Derived Formspluckily, adverbpluckiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for pluckiness



1831, from pluck (n.) + -y (2). Related: Pluckily; pluckiness.

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