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pluck

[ pluhk ]SEE DEFINITION OF pluck
  • nounperson's resolution, courage
  • verbgrab, pull out; pick at

Synonyms for pluck

  • bravery
  • grit
  • guts
  • moxie
  • spunk
  • backbone
  • boldness
  • dauntlessness
  • determination
  • hardihood
  • heart
  • intrepidity
  • mettle
  • nerve
  • resolution
  • spirit
  • intestinal fortitude
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Antonyms for pluck

  • cowardice
  • timidity
  • fear
  • spinelessness
  • weakness
  • dispiritedness
  • irresolution
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PLUCK

Cut off my arm and pluck out my eye, so that the other may be better.

Rima was not there to pluck the rage from my heart and save his evil life.

Then you have to do the best you can, and prove the pluck that is in you.

Now I must be permitted to celebrate by a little the pluck of Dick.

Why should you aspire to pluck the flower which has grown up amongst us?

All of a sudden, his patience, endurance, pluck seemed to give out.

I did think he was a coward at first, but he showed some pluck at last.

It was her pluck that kept you in Paris—while she was dying.

What right had they to pluck brands from the burning at the expense o' dacent fowk!

At least there was some pluck about those forged receipts of Gagneux.

WORD ORIGIN

late Old English ploccian, pluccian "pull off, cull," from West Germanic *plokken (cf. Middle Low German plucken, Middle Dutch plocken, Dutch plukken, Flemish plokken, German pflücken), perhaps from Vulgar Latin *piluccare (cf. Old French peluchier, late 12c.; Italian piluccare), a frequentative, ultimately from Latin pilare "pull out hair," from pilus "hair" (see pile (n.3)). But despite the similarities, OED finds difficulties with this and cites gaps in historical evidence. Related: Plucked; plucking.

This euphemistic use is attested from 1610s. To pluck up "summon up" is from c.1300.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR PLUCK

backbone

nounstrength of character

catch

verbensnare, apprehend
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