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Thursday, May 20, 2010

plucky

\PLUHK-ee\ , adjective;
1.
Having or showing pluck or courage; brave.
Quotes:
Little Orphan Annie will soon skip off into the newspaper sunset, Tribune Media Services announced last week in canceling the plucky 86-year-old redhead.
-- Michael Cavna, "Why canceled 'Little Orphan Annie' is really seeing her final 'tomorrow'"
He was very plucky and didn't say a word, only trembled a little; and Mother got scared and took him out of his little bed and into her own.
-- Sigurd Hoel, Sverre Lyngstad, The road to the world's end
Origin:
Plucky is originally boxing slang from the 1800s, from the meaning "heart, viscera" as that which is "plucked" from slaughtered livestock.
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