\ 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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Then came Pam Tanowit’z Batók Ballet (another world premiere), which gave the audience something to think about with its plucky, shrill music (a string quartet named FLUX). Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The New York City Ballet Starts Its Spring Season With Two World Premieres," 4 May 2019 The nearly two-minute clip opens with a plucky Sabrina — jerrycan in hand, Mary Janes on feet — creepily click-clacking her way down Baxter High’s corridor to pour fuel in the entrance hall and ominously light a match. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 2 Releases First Trailer Ahead of April Premiere," 18 Mar. 2019 There's a tendency to want to label Genesis a plucky upstart — and, with that in mind, peg the G90 as a superb first effort. Daniel Miller,, "The Genesis G90 is a luxurious opening act for the new brand — and definitely not a Hyundai," 11 May 2018 Then, about a decade after the studio first opened, a plucky Midwestern globetrotter named Lydia Bach found her way to Berk's studio. Danielle Friedman, CNN, "The sexual origins of the popular barre workout," 13 Mar. 2018 So that's one theory of how the self-driving car market could evolve: plucky startups upstaging larger, more established players. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "The hype around driverless cars came crashing down in 2018," 30 Dec. 2018 But some plucky investors are now getting interested again. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Don’t Ask Santa for Corporate Bonds," 2 Dec. 2018 No longer is Cousins the plucky upstart mid-round pick, who was twice franchised by an organization that didn’t believe in him. The Si Staff,, "NFL Free Agency 2018: Grading the Biggest Moves," 13 Mar. 2018 The franchise centers around Dora Marquez, a young, plucky Latina girl whose problem-solving adventures take her, her trusty purple Backpack and best friend/monkey Boots around the world. Joey Morona,, "Cleveland actress Isabela Moner to play Dora the Explorer in live-action movie," 2 May 2018

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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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