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adjective, pluck·i·er, pluck·i·est.
  1. having or showing pluck or courage; brave: The drowning swimmer was rescued by a plucky schoolboy.
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Origin of plucky

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


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  • The landlady was already in hysterics; the Vogt girls were pale but plucky.

  • How glad I am that I—And how plucky and splendid of you not to lose your head, but just to hang on.

  • He was good-natured, plucky in a hard-headed British way, and gentlemanly.

    The Slave Of The Lamp

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • Marie Roger kissed me, saying, "You are a plucky little comrade!"

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • I must confess that I was stupefied with admiration for this plucky man.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

British Dictionary definitions for plucky


adjective pluckier or pluckiest
  1. having or showing courage in the face of difficulties, danger, etc
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Derived Formspluckily, adverbpluckiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for plucky


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

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