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

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

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By 1951, the plucky newcomer was motoring around 29 countries. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "The Beetle, 81, is no more," 11 July 2019 Brooklyn’s bland but plucky franchise went out and landed itself two of the most desired players in the pool: Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Why a Nets Coup Is Really About the Knicks," 1 July 2019 Some plucky souls jump over the fires as a way of ensuring good luck and health. National Geographic, "What is the summer solstice? The answer might surprise you.," 20 June 2019 The Campus at Horton is one of a handful of tech campuses poised to remake the city’s downtown yet again—this time, in an attempt to lure plucky startups and young professionals priced out of California’s troubled boom towns to the north. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Will this PoMo wonderland in San Diego be saved?," 5 June 2019 For anyone coming of age in the ’90s—especially in the U.K.—the Spice Girls were the decade's ultimate pop culture phenomenon, and Smith isn’t shy about showing his love for the plucky girl group online. Vogue, "Sam Smith Is Ready to Become the Spice Girls’s Newest Member," 14 June 2019 An underdog story that saw plucky Leicester City rise above the cash-rich Premier League elite, despite being overwhelming favourites for relegation., "Claudio Ranieri: A Ridiculed Tinkerman Who Masterminded One of Football's Greatest Ever Achievements," 12 June 2019 Especially since the action returns to Toronto, where the polite home fans don’t cheer plucky opponents. Scott Ostler,, "Warriors squander Willis Reed moment for Klay Thompson, Kevon Looney," 7 June 2019 The club has played admirably despite its injury inundation, showing plucky resolve and an infectious, speedy style that has overtaken the clubhouse. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros suffer embarrassing blowout loss to Mariners," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of plucky

1840, in the meaning defined above

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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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