verb (used with object)
1. to pull off or out from the place of growth, as fruit, flowers, feathers, etc.: to pluck feathers from a chicken.
2. to give a pull at; grasp: to pluck someone's sleeve.
3. to pull with sudden force or with a jerk.
4. to pull or move by force (often followed by away, off, or out ).
5. to remove the feathers, hair, etc., from by pulling: to pluck a chicken.
6. Slang. to rob, plunder, or fleece.
7. to sound (the strings of a musical instrument) by pulling at them with the fingers or a plectrum.
verb (used without object)
8. to pull or tug sharply (often followed by at).
9. to snatch (often followed by at).
10. act of plucking; a tug.
11. the heart, liver, and lungs, especially of an animal used for food.
12. courage or resolution in the face of difficulties.
pluck·er , noun
half-plucked , adjective
un·plucked , adjective
well-plucked , adjective
Related Words for pluck
guts, spunk, moxie, grit, bravery, cull, clutch, snatch, strum, harvest, yank, heart, boldness, nerve, backbone, spirit, determination, intrepidity, resolution, mettle
Synonyms for pluck
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3. yank, tear, rip.
12. bravery, boldness, determination, mettle, nerve.
Origin: before 1000; Middle English plukken (v.), Old English pluccian, cognate with Middle Low German plucken; akin to Dutch plukken, German pflücken
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