pluckier; pluckiest
pluckily adverb
pluckiness noun

Examples of plucky in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here in the United States, the story is about a plucky group of people seeking liberty and freedom who threw off the yoke of tyranny and became the most powerful nation in the world. Jp Brammer, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2023 The plucky guitars along with the production helped form a mysterious sonic landscape, complemented by a music video that starred Joey King, Taylor Lautner, Presley Cash, and Swift in a heist scenario. TIME, 25 Oct. 2023 The birth of the AR-15, which takes up the first half of American Gun, reads as a classic American origin story: A plucky inventor recognizes a gap in the market, toils away in his free time with grit and ingenuity, and alters history. Colin Dickey, The New Republic, 23 Oct. 2023 The National Football League propelled the plucky upstart sport of flag football into the Olympics. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 18 Oct. 2023 The plucky nonprofit was founded here in 2021 as a collaborative effort between Padres Pedal the Cause and the Immunotherapy Foundation to fund lifesaving cancer treatment and research. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Oct. 2023 The takeaway Northern Illinois: The Huskies, like the Huskers, have been offensively challenged and stay in games because of their plucky defense. Chicago Tribune, 16 Sep. 2023 First Look: Suits’ Meghan Markle Talks Closet Envy, Beauty Must-Haves, and More USA Network Prior to her induction into the royal family, Meghan Markle had primarily been best known for her work as an actor, particularly for her role as plucky paralegal Rachel Zane in Suits. Tatler, Glamour, 29 Sep. 2023 The Loyal was inspired and plucky, punching above its weight at times in the first half, but the crowd that was announced as 12,207 and looked far smaller was disappointing. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of plucky was in 1840

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“Plucky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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pluckier; pluckiest

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