What does pluck mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gutsiness, pluck, pluckinessnoun

    the trait of showing courage and determination in spite of possible loss or injury

  2. pluckverb

    the act of pulling and releasing a taut cord

  3. pluck, tweak, pull off, pick offverb

    pull or pull out sharply

    "pluck the flowers off the bush"

  4. hustle, pluck, rollverb

    sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity

  5. overcharge, soak, surcharge, gazump, fleece, plume, pluck, rob, hookverb

    rip off; ask an unreasonable price

  6. pluck, plunk, pickverb

    pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion

    "he plucked the strings of his mandolin"

  7. pluck, pull, tear, deplume, deplumate, displumeverb

    strip of feathers

    "pull a chicken"; "pluck the capon"

  8. pick, pluck, cullverb

    look for and gather

    "pick mushrooms"; "pick flowers"


  1. plucknoun

    An instance of plucking

    Those tiny birds are hardly worth the tedious pluck

  2. plucknoun

    The lungs, heart with trachea and often oesophagus removed from slaughtered animals.

  3. plucknoun

    Guts, nerve, fortitude or persistence.

    He didn't get far with the attempt, but you have to admire his pluck.

  4. pluckverb

    To pull something sharply; to pull something out

    She plucked the phone from her bag and dialled.

  5. pluckverb

    To gently play a single string, e.g. on a guitar, violin etc.

    Whereas a piano strikes the string, a harpsichord plucks it.

  6. pluckverb

    To remove feathers from a bird.

  7. pluckverb

    To rob, fleece, steal forcibly

    The horny highwayman plucked his victims to their underwear, or attractive ones all the way

  8. pluckverb

    To play a string instrument pizzicato

    Plucking a bow instrument may cause a string to break

  9. pluckverb

    To pull or twitch sharply

  10. Etymology: From plucken, plukken, plockien, from pluccian, ploccian, also Old English plyccan, from plukkōnan, of uncertain and disputed origin. Perhaps related to pullian. Cognate with Dutch plukken, plokken, plukken, German pflücken, Danish plukke, Swedish plocka, Icelandish plokka, plukka. More at pull.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pluckverb

    to pull; to draw

  2. Pluckverb

    especially, to pull with sudden force or effort, or to pull off or out from something, with a twitch; to twitch; also, to gather, to pick; as, to pluck feathers from a fowl; to pluck hair or wool from a skin; to pluck grapes

  3. Pluckverb

    to strip of, or as of, feathers; as, to pluck a fowl

  4. Pluckverb

    to reject at an examination for degrees

  5. Pluckverb

    to make a motion of pulling or twitching; -- usually with at; as, to pluck at one's gown

  6. Plucknoun

    the act of plucking; a pull; a twitch

  7. Plucknoun

    the heart, liver, and lights of an animal

  8. Plucknoun

    spirit; courage; indomitable resolution; fortitude

  9. Plucknoun

    the act of plucking, or the state of being plucked, at college. See Pluck, v. t., 4

  10. Pluckverb

    the lyrie

  11. Etymology: [Prob. so called as being plucked out after the animal is killed; or cf. Gael. & Ir. pluc a lump, a knot, a bunch.]


  1. Pluck

    A leader in social media software solutions , Pluck helps transform how publishers, retailers and major brands engage their audiences and customers to discover, create and distribute information online. Providing the technologies for content generation, syndication, social networking and news personalization, Pluck helps its customers more easily consume and leverage the new open content model that has emerged as the cornerstone of Web 2.0.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pluck

    pluk, v.t. to pull off or away: to snatch: to strip, as a fowl of its feathers: (slang) to reject an examinee as inefficient.—n. a single act of plucking.—n. Pluck′er.—Pluck off (Shak.), to abate from the rank; Pluck up, to pull out by the roots: to summon up, as courage. [A.S. pluccian; akin to Dut. plukken, Ger. pflücken.]

  2. Pluck

    pluk, n. the heart, liver, and lungs of an animal—hence heart, courage, spirit.—adjs. Plucked, Pluck′y, having pluck or spirit.—adv. Pluck′ily.—n. Pluck′iness.


  1. Pluck

    Pluck provides social media software for companies that want to create communities around their existing web properties. Its two main products are SiteLife, a white-label social networking service, and BlogBurst, which brings blog content to media sites.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. pluck

    Spirit; perseverance under opposition or discouragement; indomitableness; courage.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pluck in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pluck in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of pluck in a Sentence

  1. Vikrant Parsai:

    Never pluck flowers if you love them, for a thorn loves them more than you do.

  2. Robertson Davies:

    Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness.

  3. Kelly Smallridge:

    When the governor went after these institutes to come to Florida, we didn’t realize the amount of infrastructure that needed to be in place, you don’t just go and pluck two institutes and put them in a county and expect the industry overall to thrive and for companies to flock here.

  4. Charlotte Brontë:

    Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last. To pluck the mask from the face of the Pharisee is not to lift an impious hand to the Crown of Thorns.

  5. New York:

    Their bright, resonant sopranos blend impeccably; Davie's Violet tackles the top notes with a delicacy and ardor that emphasize fragility and fear, while Padgett gives Daisy pluck and wit.

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