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pluck

verb \ ˈplək \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of pluck

transitive verb
1 :to pull or pick off or out
2 a :to remove something (such as hairs) from by or as if by plucking
  • pluck one's eyebrows
b :rob, fleece
3 :to move, remove, or separate forcibly or abruptly
  • plucked the child from the middle of the street
4 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

plucker

noun

Examples of pluck in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of pluck

Middle English, from Old English pluccian; akin to Middle High German pflücken to pluck


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pluck

noun

Definition of pluck

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

Examples of pluck in a Sentence

  1. It takes pluck to do what she did.

  2. She showed pluck in getting up on stage.

Recent Examples of pluck from the Web

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First Known Use of pluck

15th century

pluck Synonyms

Synonyms
draw, haul, jerk, pull, tug, wrench, yank
Antonyms
push
Related Words
drag, tow; hitch, twitch; grab, snatch
Near Antonyms
heave, shove, thrust


PLUCK Defined for English Language Learners

pluck

verb

Definition of pluck for English Language Learners

  • : 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


pluck

noun

Definition of pluck for English Language Learners

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


PLUCK Defined for Kids

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pluck

verb \ ˈplək \

Definition of pluck for Students

plucked; plucking
1 :to pull off :pick
  • pluck grapes
2 :to remove something (as a hair or feather) with a quick pull
3 :to seize and remove quickly :snatch
  • She … plucked the envelope from the mailbox …
  • —Andrew Clements, Frindle
4 :to pull at (a string) and let go

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pluck

noun

Definition of pluck for Students

1 :a sharp pull :tug
2 :courage, spirit
  • There was a … streak of pluck in him.
  • —Sid Fleischman, The Whipping Boy


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