\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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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 Japan didn’t look like a plucky upstart for most of a sweltering night in Rostov. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "Belgium Rallies From Two-Goal Deficit to Stun Japan in the World Cup," 2 July 2018 Garrett Matthias took on his cancer in a unique way and the plucky 5-year-old took the same approach to his death., "5-Year-Old Boy Dying of Cancer Prepares His Own Amazing Obituary: 'See Ya Later, Suckas!'," 12 July 2018 Tenacious and plucky, Nancy had a boyfriend, the handsome Ned. Jennifer Fisher, Smithsonian, "The Adventurous Writer Who Brought Nancy Drew To Life," 2 July 2018 Missing out, the thinking went stateside, would set back the development of American soccer, cost officials their jobs, and leave the rest of the planet wondering where on Earth those plucky Yanks had disappeared to. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "When the U.S. Misses the World Cup, Does It Make a Sound?," 20 June 2018 In the first big character change of his life, the kid who just wanted to make everyone laugh reportedly became noticeably less plucky as anxiety and depression began to creep into his mind. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Jim Carrey is getting political with artwork but it's far from the first time he's reinvented himself," 6 June 2018 Together, the Swiss and the Spaniard have ruled for the better part of the past 15 years, cowing all challengers while making their genial domination something well worth cheering for—those plucky underdogs be damned. Andrew Lawrence, The Atlantic, "What’s Going on With Novak Djokovic?," 30 June 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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