Pluck - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |plʌk|  American pronunciation of the word pluck
Brit.  |plʌk|  British pronunciation of the word pluck


- the trait of showing courage and determination in spite of possible loss or injury (syn: gutsiness, pluckiness)
- the act of pulling and releasing a taut cord


- pull or pull out sharply(syn: tweak)
- sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity (syn: hustle, roll)
- rip off; ask an unreasonable price (syn: fleece, gazump, hook, overcharge, plume, rob, soak, surcharge)
- pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion(syn: pick, plunk)
- strip of feathers(syn: deplumate, deplume, displume, pull, tear)
- look for and gather (syn: cull, pick)


My sister plucked a white hair from my head.

The hunter plucked the bird's feathers.

Firefighters plucked the child from the top floor of the burning building.

He'd been plucked from obscurity and thrust into the national spotlight.

a cat that was plucked off the city's streets last winter

He plucked a stone out of the river.

It takes pluck to do what she did.

She showed pluck in getting up on stage.

All men agree I have shown pluck.

The proportion of the plucks to the passes is very sad.

Those birds have plucked all the flower heads off the roses.

I plucked the child from the middle of the road.

He plucked a couple of plastic bags from the roll.

Reaching up, she plucked an apple off the tree.

Some refugee children were plucked out of the country in a number of mercy missions.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: pluck
he/she/it: plucks
present participle: plucking
past tense: plucked
past participle: plucked
singular: pluck
plural: plucks
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