pluck [pluhk] /plʌk/ Show IPA
verb phrase 1
verb (used with object)
to pull off or out from the place of growth, as fruit, flowers, feathers, etc.:
to pluck feathers from a chicken.
to give a pull at; grasp:
to pluck someone's sleeve.
to pull with sudden force or with a jerk.
to pull or move by force (often followed by away, off, or out).
to remove the feathers, hair, etc., from by pulling:
to pluck a chicken.
Slang. to rob, plunder, or fleece.
to sound (the strings of a musical instrument) by pulling at them with the fingers or a plectrum.
verb (used without object)
to pull or tug sharply (often followed by at).
to snatch (often followed by at).
act of plucking; a tug.
the heart, liver, and lungs, especially of an animal used for food.
courage or resolution in the face of difficulties.
to eradicate; uproot.
to summon up one's courage; rouse one's spirits:
He always plucked up at the approach of danger. She was a stranger in the town, but, plucking up her courage, she soon made friends.
before 1000; Middle English plukken (v.), Old English pluccian, cognate with Middle Low German plucken; akin to Dutch plukken, German pflücken
2. tug. 3. yank, tear, rip. 12. bravery, boldness, determination, mettle, nerve.