verb \ˈplək\

: to pull (something) quickly to remove it

: to remove some or all of the feathers or hairs from (something)

: to take (someone or something) away from a place or situation suddenly or by force

Full Definition of PLUCK

transitive verb
:  to pull or pick off or out
a :  to remove something (as hairs) from by or as if by plucking <pluck one's eyebrows>
b :  rob, fleece
:  to move, remove, or separate forcibly or abruptly <plucked the child from the middle of the street>
a :  to pick, pull, or grasp at
b :  to play by sounding the strings with the fingers or a pick
intransitive verb
:  to make a sharp pull or twitch
pluck·er noun

Examples of PLUCK

  1. My sister plucked a white hair from my head.
  2. The hunter plucked the bird's feathers.
  3. plucking petals off a flower
  4. Firefighters plucked the child from the top floor of the burning building.
  5. He'd been plucked from obscurity and thrust into the national spotlight.
  6. a cat that was plucked off the city's streets last winter
  7. He plucked a stone out of the river.

Origin of PLUCK

Middle English, from Old English pluccian; akin to Middle High German pflücken to pluck
First Known Use: before 12th century



: a quality that makes you continue trying to do or achieve something that is difficult : courage and determination

Full Definition of PLUCK

:  an act or instance of plucking or pulling
:  the heart, liver, lungs, and trachea of a slaughtered animal especially as an item of food
:  courageous readiness to fight or continue against odds :  dogged resolution

Examples of PLUCK

  1. It takes pluck to do what she did.
  2. She showed pluck in getting up on stage.

First Known Use of PLUCK

15th century

Related to PLUCK

draw, haul, jerk, pull, tug, wrench, yank


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