\ ˈplə-kē How to pronounce plucky (audio) \
pluckier; pluckiest

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Other Words from plucky

pluckily \ ˈplə-​kə-​lē How to pronounce pluckily (audio) \ adverb
pluckiness \ ˈplə-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce pluckiness (audio) \ noun

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Rob Thomas' plucky teenage gumshoe has grown up and moved to Hulu for her latest, largely disappointing, investigation. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Veronica Mars' Season 4: TV Review," 15 July 2019 For most of the last decade, the Coyotes were the plucky little hockey franchise that couldn’t. Kent Somers, azcentral, "For Arizona Coyotes, expectations high with new owner Alex Meruelo, Phil Kessel," 3 Sep. 2019 Monteith’s plucky, endlessly-optimistic Finn became an instant fan favorite straight away in the pilot. Jason Scott, Billboard, "'Glee' at 10: Stars Look Back on the Culture-Shifting Show's Runaway Success," 3 Sep. 2019 Fiction for young people is full of spunky, plucky young women role models. Constance Grady, Vox, "Reckoning with Twilight, 10 years later," 21 Nov. 2018 Manchester City kept the pressure on league leaders Liverpool after seeing off a plucky Bournemouth side 3-1 at the Vitality Stadium, courtesy of Sergio Aguero's brace and Raheem Sterling's first-half effort., "Bournemouth 1-3 Man City: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Aguero Double Sees City Stay Unbeaten," 25 Aug. 2019 In this incarnation, Tinlicker morphs the plucky alt-pop cacophony to a deep, dark progressive banger that's even richer than the original. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "First Spin: The Week's Best New Dance Tracks From Avicii & David Guetta, Tinlicker, Petit Biscuit & More," 23 Aug. 2019 What’s new: Starring in Dora and the Lost City of Gold as none other than the plucky hero Dora. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Dora and the Lost City of Gold," 16 Aug. 2019 And then there is Chuck’s little sister, Silver (Rachel Bloom), a plucky engineer who quickly establishes herself as the brains of the outfit and who thus provides Red with a humbling lesson in not (ahem) hogging the glory. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Exuberantly silly ‘The Angry Birds Movie 2' flies higher than the first," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of plucky

1840, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of plucky was in 1840

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English Language Learners Definition of plucky

informal : having or showing a lot of courage or determination


\ ˈplə-kē How to pronounce plucky (audio) \
pluckier; pluckiest

Kids Definition of plucky

: showing courage : brave

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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