plucky

[pluhk-ee]
adjective, pluckier, pluckiest.
having or showing pluck or courage; brave: The drowning swimmer was rescued by a plucky schoolboy.

Origin:
1820–30; pluck + -y1

pluckily, adverb
pluckiness, noun


courageous, determined; cheerful; spunky, spirited.
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plucky (ˈplʌkɪ)
 
adj , pluckier, pluckiest
having or showing courage in the face of difficulties, danger, etc
 
'pluckily
 
adv
 
'pluckiness
 
n

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Example sentences
Yet one plucky rebel is changing everything through his podcasts.
Two small but plucky opposition newspapers give an airing to the peccadillos of
  the party duopoly.
Here is how it and two other plucky space explorers have defied retirement.
Mildred endures the type of suffering which is endured by the well-bred,
  frugal, plucky spinster.
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