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plucky

[pluhk-ee] /ˈplʌk i/
adjective, pluckier, pluckiest.
1.
having or showing pluck or courage; brave:
The drowning swimmer was rescued by a plucky schoolboy.
Origin of plucky
1820-1830
1820-30; pluck + -y1
Related forms
pluckily, adverb
pluckiness, noun
Synonyms
courageous, determined; cheerful; spunky, spirited.
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  • Back of me, as back of you, lie the same fighting, plucky ancestors.

    The Worn Doorstep Margaret Sherwood
  • Diana was plucky as a rule, but she was very tired now, and hungry as well.

  • Yet, if we may trust a family tradition, at least one flag waved over the plucky farmers.

    The Little Book of the Flag Eva March Tappan
  • He was a plucky fellow, and as quickly as possible he was on his feet.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • One plucky Englishman was discovered about fifty yards in front of our trenches.

    Kitchener's Mob James Norman Hall
British Dictionary definitions for plucky

plucky

/ˈplʌkɪ/
adjective pluckier, pluckiest
1.
having or showing courage in the face of difficulties, danger, etc
Derived Forms
pluckily, adverb
pluckiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for plucky
adj.

1831, from pluck (n.) + -y (2). Related: Pluckily; pluckiness.

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