\ˈplə-kē \
pluckier; pluckiest

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Other Words from plucky

pluckily \ˈplə-​kə-​lē \ adverb
pluckiness \ˈplə-​kē-​nəs \ noun

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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 Teens were served up a plucky teenage witch, struggling to own her newfound power with ABC’s Sabrina The Teenage Witch. Kelsea Stahler, Teen Vogue, "The Resurgence of Witches in Pop Culture Like Sabrina, AHS "Coven," and "Charmed" Reflects Women in the Real World," 14 Nov. 2018 Following the announcement of the iPhone XS (5.8-inch display) the iPhone XS (6.5-inch display) and the iPhone XR (6.1-inch display), the plucky old SE's page on the Apple Store website now redirects to a generic iPhone landing page. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "RIP to the Perfectly-Sized iPhone," 12 Sep. 2018 Precisely how Thrive Causemetics went from a plucky little makeup startup to a multi-million-dollar company in just three years. Meirav Devash, Allure, "Meet Thrive Causemetics, the Vegan Makeup Company With a Philanthropic Mission," 31 July 2018 From Underdog to Contender Nobody’s talking about Croatia as a plucky underdog anymore; it is now considered a serious contender to win the World Cup. Victor Mather, New York Times, "Shootout Sunday: Croatia Follows Russia’s Lead and Wins on Penalty Kicks," 3 July 2018 Only Holtmann wasn't selling plucky, upstart team on Saturday. Bill Landis,, "Chris Holtmann got to sell his perfect vision for Ohio State basketball on a big recruiting night," 10 Feb. 2018 More grim and less sentimental than other Iranian films featuring plucky children, this strikingly photographed work stresses the harshness of daily life in Iranian Kurdistan. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Books / Film / Poverty / Television This Week on Filmstruck: Films about Hard Times," 2 Feb. 2018 The animals most likely to invade urban environments are, unsurprisingly, the cleverest, and tend to exhibit plucky behavioral traits such as curiosity about new things, boldness and the ability to innovate in unfamiliar situations. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Humans Created the Ultimate Superpests," 9 July 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

: having or showing a lot of courage or determination


\ˈplə-kē \
pluckier; pluckiest

Kids Definition of plucky

: showing courage : brave

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