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

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Other Words from plucky

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

Examples of plucky in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here’s a closer took at that plucky vertebrate with serious backbone. René A. Guzman,, "Texas spiny lizard not as famous as the Texas horned lizard or horny toad, but is a master of disguise with real spunk," 22 Dec. 2020 Present-day computers are gigascale monstrosities that should smoke something as old and plucky as the Quadra. Chris Wilkinson, Ars Technica, "Working from home at 25MHz: You could do worse than a Quadra 700 (even in 2020)," 11 Dec. 2020 Nick Mullens, the plucky backup quarterback, threw two horrid interceptions in the fourth quarter, after fumbling away the ball on a pass attempt in the first quarter. Scott Ostler,, "Poster team for 2020 sports? How about 49ers?," 20 Dec. 2020 Ray Liotta stars as the plucky, young Henry Hill trying to make a name for himself with the Lucchese’s in New York. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "What movies do you watch over and over? Our list of favorites to enjoy with family this holiday season," 19 Dec. 2020 The plucky music invites the whole tavern to sing along, and soon the Sir Douglas Quintet, Nancy Sinatra and others were singing Pride’s hit, too. Rj Smith, Los Angeles Times, "Charley Pride: 10 essential songs," 12 Dec. 2020 With the plucky rural folk, it’s always about hearts overflowing with kindness or sinks overflowing with dirty dishes. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Hillbilly Elegy: Ron Howard’s Inverted Mayberry," 25 Nov. 2020 In that book Harris gave houseroom to pivotal players connected with the Dreyfus affair; in later offerings his household expanded to include scheming cardinals plotting to become Pope and plucky diplomats conspiring to avert World War II. Robert Harris, Star Tribune, "Review: 'V2,' by Robert Harris," 20 Nov. 2020 When the Big Ten season started, there was little anticipation for this game between the conference's overwhelming favorite and a plucky underdog that was going to face Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State in three of the first four weeks. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, "Five biggest questions for Week 12 in college football," 19 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of plucky

1840, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jan 2021

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“Plucky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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