pluck

  • 1 plück — plück·er; …

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  • 2 Pluck — Pluck, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Plucked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Plucking}.] [AS. pluccian; akin to LG. & D. plukken, G. pfl[ u]cken, Icel. plokka, plukka, Dan. plukke, Sw. plocka. ?27.] 1. To pull; to draw. [1913 Webster] Its own nature . . . plucks on… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 pluck — pluck·er; pluck·i·ly; pluck·i·ness; pluck·less; pluck; pluck·less·ness; …

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  • 4 pluck — [pluk] vt. [ME plukken < OE pluccian, akin to Ger pflücken < VL * piluccare, to pull out (> Fr éplucher), for L pilare, to deprive of hair < pilus, hair: see PILE2] 1. to pull off or out; pick 2. to drag or snatch; grab 3. to pull… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 pluck´i|ly — pluck|y «PLUHK ee», adjective, pluck|i|er, pluck|i|est. having or showing courage: »a plucky dog. SYNONYM(S): brave, mettlesome, spirited. –pluck´i|ly …

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  • 6 pluck|y — «PLUHK ee», adjective, pluck|i|er, pluck|i|est. having or showing courage: »a plucky dog. SYNONYM(S): brave, mettlesome, spirited. –pluck´i|ly …

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  • 7 Pluck — Pluck, n. 1. The act of plucking; a pull; a twitch. [1913 Webster] 2. [Prob. so called as being plucked out after the animal is killed; or cf. Gael. & Ir. pluc a lump, a knot, a bunch.] The heart, liver, and lights of an animal. [1913 Webster] 3 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 8 Pluck — Pluck, v. i. To make a motion of pulling or twitching; usually with at; as, to pluck at one s gown. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 9 pluck — (v.) late O.E. ploccian pull off, cull, from W.Gmc. *plokken (Cf. M.L.G. plucken, M.Du. plocken, Flem. plokken), perhaps from V.L. *piluccare (Cf. O.Fr. peluchier, late 12c.), a frequentative, ultimately from L. pilare pull out hair, from pilus… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 10 pluck — [n] person’s resolution, courage backbone*, boldness, bravery, dauntlessness, determination, grit, guts*, hardihood, heart*, intestinal fortitude*, intrepidity, mettle, moxie*, nerve, resolution, spirit, spunk; concept 411 Ant. cowardice,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 11 pluck — ► VERB 1) take hold of (something) and quickly remove it from its place. 2) pull out (a hair, feather, etc.) 3) pull the feathers from (a bird s carcass) to prepare it for cooking. 4) pull at or twitch. 5) sound (a stringed musical instrument)… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 12 pluck — index cull, eviscerate, prowess (bravery) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 13 pluck — n *fortitude, grit, backbone, guts, sand Analogous words: *courage, spirit, mettle, resolution, tenacity: hardihood, audacity, *temerity …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 14 pluck — pluck1 [plʌk] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(pull something)¦ 2 pluck your eyebrows 3¦(take somebody/something away)¦ 4¦(chicken)¦ 5 pluck up (the) courage (to do something) 6¦(music)¦ 7 pluck something out of the air 7 pluck something out of thin air Phrasal… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 pluck — I UK [plʌk] / US verb Word forms pluck : present tense I/you/we/they pluck he/she/it plucks present participle plucking past tense plucked past participle plucked * 1) [transitive] to pull the feathers off the body of a dead bird so that it can… …

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  • 16 pluck — I n. courage the pluck to + inf. (he had enough pluck to stand up to the boss) II v. 1)(d; intr.) ( to tug ) to pluck at 2) (D; tr.) ( to pull ) to pluck from (to pluck feathers from a chicken) * * * [plʌk] (d;intr.) ( to tug ) to pluckat [… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 17 pluck — pluck1 [ plʌk ] verb * 1. ) transitive to pull the feathers off the body of a dead bird so that it can be cooked: a plucked chicken a ) MAINLY LITERARY to pull a piece of fruit from a tree, or a flower or leaf from a plant: PICK b ) to pull a… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 pluck — [[t]plʌ̱k[/t]] plucks, plucking, plucked 1) VERB If you pluck a fruit, flower, or leaf, you take it between your fingers and pull it in order to remove it from its stalk where it is growing. [WRITTEN] [V n from n] I plucked a lemon from the tree …

    English dictionary

  • 19 pluck — 1 verb 1 TAKE STH (T) to take hold of something and remove it from somewhere by pulling it: pluck sth from/off etc: She bent forward to pluck a thread off the lapel of his jacket. 2 pluck up (the) courage to force yourself to be brave and do… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 pluck at — verb pluck or pull at with the fingers She picked nervously at the buttons of her blouse • Syn: ↑pick at, ↑pull at • Hypernyms: ↑pull • Verb Frames: Somebody s something * * * …

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