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

Definition of plucky

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 Haddock proves the beating heart of the piece, infusing her role with a quiet strength, determination and equitability; neither plucky enabler nor long-suffering victim but something believably fresher and more heroic. Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 20 Jan. 2022 Benesch has plucky charm, though no real chemistry with Koma in their slow-developing, but totally inevitable romance. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Dec. 2021 Sheeran swaps his signature acoustic flair for a plucky pop beat that works up to a truly satisfying chorus. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, 24 Dec. 2021 With its intelligent and unfussy bent, the novel is foremost a plucky city romance that recalls the work of Laurie Colwin. Chloe Schama, Vogue, 20 Dec. 2021 Congress left it in place for independent operators like wildcatters, long venerated as a cross between plucky entrepreneurs and cowboys. Jeff Ernsthausen, ProPublica, 7 Dec. 2021 Plus, Steinfeld — no surprise — makes a fine, plucky heroine. Jen Chaney, Vulture, 24 Nov. 2021 An off-road fixture for good reason, powerful and efficient turbo four, plucky agility. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 26 Nov. 2021 The Pilgrims etched their place in the nation’s history long ago as plucky survivors who persevered despite difficult conditions. oregonlive, 25 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of plucky

1840, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jan 2022

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English Language Learners Definition of plucky

: 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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