What does pluck mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gutsiness, pluck, pluckiness(noun)

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

  2. pluck(verb)

    the act of pulling and releasing a taut cord

  3. pluck, tweak, pull off, pick off(verb)

    pull or pull out sharply

    "pluck the flowers off the bush"

  4. hustle, pluck, roll(verb)

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

  5. overcharge, soak, surcharge, gazump, fleece, plume, pluck, rob, hook(verb)

    rip off; ask an unreasonable price

  6. pluck, plunk, pick(verb)

    pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion

    "he plucked the strings of his mandolin"

  7. pluck, pull, tear, deplume, deplumate, displume(verb)

    strip of feathers

    "pull a chicken"; "pluck the capon"

  8. pick, pluck, cull(verb)

    look for and gather

    "pick mushrooms"; "pick flowers"


  1. pluck(Noun)

    An instance of plucking

    Those tiny birds are hardly worth the tedious pluck

  2. pluck(Noun)

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

  3. pluck(Noun)

    Guts, nerve, fortitude or persistence.

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

  4. pluck(Verb)

    To pull something sharply; to pull something out

    She plucked the phone from her bag and dialled.

  5. pluck(Verb)

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

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

  6. pluck(Verb)

    To remove feathers from a bird.

  7. pluck(Verb)

    To rob, fleece, steal forcibly

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

  8. pluck(Verb)

    To play a string instrument pizzicato

    Plucking a bow instrument may cause a string to break

  9. pluck(Verb)

    To pull or twitch sharply

  10. Origin: 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. Pluck(verb)

    to pull; to draw

  2. Pluck(verb)

    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. Pluck(verb)

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

  4. Pluck(verb)

    to reject at an examination for degrees

  5. Pluck(verb)

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

  6. Pluck(noun)

    the act of plucking; a pull; a twitch

  7. Pluck(noun)

    the heart, liver, and lights of an animal

  8. Pluck(noun)

    spirit; courage; indomitable resolution; fortitude

  9. Pluck(noun)

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

  10. Pluck(verb)

    the lyrie

  11. Origin: [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. German proverb:

    Old birds are hard to pluck.

  2. James A. Garfield:

    A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck.

  3. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Flowers are the beautiful hairs of the Mother Spring! Don’t pluck them!

  4. Vikrant Parsai:

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

  5. Kenneth Hare:

    The Puritan through life’s sweet garden goes to pluck the thorn and cast away the rose.

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