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[pluhk-ee] /ˈplʌk i/
adjective, pluckier, pluckiest.
having or showing pluck or courage; brave:
The drowning swimmer was rescued by a plucky schoolboy.
Origin of plucky
1820-30; pluck + -y1
Related forms
pluckily, adverb
pluckiness, noun
courageous, determined; cheerful; spunky, spirited. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for plucky


adjective pluckier, pluckiest
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

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

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