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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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  • Back of me, as back of you, lie the same fighting, plucky ancestors.

    The Worn Doorstep Margaret Sherwood
  • He was good-natured, plucky in a hard-headed British way, and gentlemanly.

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
  • 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
  • I must confess that I was stupefied with admiration for this plucky man.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • One plucky Englishman was discovered about fifty yards in front of our trenches.

    Kitchener's Mob James Norman Hall
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for plucky

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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