Definitions for pluck
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word pluck.
gutsiness, pluck, pluckinessnoun
the trait of showing courage and determination in spite of possible loss or injury
the act of pulling and releasing a taut cord
pluck, tweak, pull off, pick offverb
pull or pull out sharply
"pluck the flowers off the bush"
hustle, pluck, rollverb
sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity
overcharge, soak, surcharge, gazump, fleece, plume, pluck, rob, hookverb
rip off; ask an unreasonable price
pluck, plunk, pickverb
pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion
"he plucked the strings of his mandolin"
pluck, pull, tear, deplume, deplumate, displumeverb
strip of feathers
"pull a chicken"; "pluck the capon"
pick, pluck, cullverb
look for and gather
"pick mushrooms"; "pick flowers"
An instance of plucking
Those tiny birds are hardly worth the tedious pluck
The lungs, heart with trachea and often oesophagus removed from slaughtered animals.
Guts, nerve, fortitude or persistence.
He didn't get far with the attempt, but you have to admire his pluck.
To pull something sharply; to pull something out
She plucked the phone from her bag and dialled.
To gently play a single string, e.g. on a guitar, violin etc.
Whereas a piano strikes the string, a harpsichord plucks it.
To remove feathers from a bird.
To rob, fleece, steal forcibly
The horny highwayman plucked his victims to their underwear, or attractive ones all the way
To play a string instrument pizzicato
Plucking a bow instrument may cause a string to break
To pull or twitch sharply
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from the verb.
Birds kept coming and going all the day long; but so few at a time, that the man did not think them worth a pluck. Roger L'Estrange.
Were the ends of the bones dry, they could not, without great difficulty, obey the plucks and attractions of the motory muscles. John Ray, on the Creation.
Etymology: ploccian , Sax. plocken, Dutch.
It seemed better unto that noble king to plant a peaceable government among them, than by violent means to pluck them under. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.
You were crown’d before,
And that high royalty was ne’er pluck’d off. William Shakespeare.
Pluck down my officers, break my decrees,
For now a time is come to mock at form. William Shakespeare.
Can’st thou not
Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow,
And with some sweet oblivious antidote
Cleanse the stuff’d bosom. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
When yet he was but tender bodied, when youth with comeliness plucked all gaze his way. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
I gave my love a ring;
He would not pluck it from his finger, for the wealth
That the world masters. William Shakespeare, Merch. of Venice.
If you do wrongfully seize Hereford’s right,
You pluck a thousand dangers on your head. William Shakespeare.
Dive into the bottom of the deep,
Where fathom line could never touch the ground,
And pluck up drowned honour by the locks. William Shakespeare.
I will pluck them up by the roots out of my land. 2 Chron.
Pluck away his crop with his feathers. Lev. i. 16.
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted. Ecclus. iii. 2.
They pluck off their skin from off them. Mic. iii. 2.
Dispatch ’em quick, but first pluck out their tongues,
Lest with their dying breath they sow sedition. Addison.
Beneath this shade the weary peasant lies,
Plucks the broad leaf, and bids the breezes rise. John Gay.
From the back
Of herds and flocks, a thousand tugging bills
Pluck hair and wool. James Thomson, Spring.
Since I pluckt geese, I knew not what it was to be beaten. William Shakespeare.
I come to thee from plume pluck’d Richard. William Shakespeare.
He willed them to pluck up their hearts, and make all things ready for a new assault, wherein he expected they should with couragious resolution recompense their late cowardice. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.
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Pluck is a term often used to refer to the act of quickly removing or pulling out something, especially with one's fingers, like plucking a fruit from a tree or plucking a hair. It is also used to refer to how the strings of a musical instrument are struck or played. Additionally, pluck can indicate spirited and determined courage.
to pull; to draw
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
to strip of, or as of, feathers; as, to pluck a fowl
to reject at an examination for degrees
to make a motion of pulling or twitching; -- usually with at; as, to pluck at one's gown
the act of plucking; a pull; a twitch
the heart, liver, and lights of an animal
spirit; courage; indomitable resolution; fortitude
the act of plucking, or the state of being plucked, at college. See Pluck, v. t., 4
Etymology: [Prob. so called as being plucked out after the animal is killed; or cf. Gael. & Ir. pluc a lump, a knot, a bunch.]
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Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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.]
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.
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Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
Spirit; perseverance under opposition or discouragement; indomitableness; courage.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Pluck is ranked #72771 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Pluck surname appeared 267 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Pluck.
89.1% or 238 total occurrences were White.
7.8% or 21 total occurrences were Black.
The numerical value of pluck in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of pluck in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
If we know that it is in your genes you will get gray hair at a certain age, no matter what you do, you will say, 'OK, I'll just color it. I'm not going to pluck them out, and I know it doesn't mean I'm old and dying,'.
I love eulogies. They are the most moving kind of speech because they attempt to pluck meaning from the fog, and on short order, when the emotions are still ragged and raw and susceptible to leaps.
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.
Old birds are hard to pluck.
I think (people) will feel less like they are out of control, if we know that it is in your genes you will get gray hair at a certain age, no matter what you do, you will say, 'OK, I'll just color it. I'm not going to pluck them out, and I know it doesn't mean I'm old and dying,'.
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