pluck: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (pluk), [key]
- to pull off or out from the place of growth, as fruit, flowers, feathers, etc.: to pluck feathers from a chicken.
- to give a pull at; grasp: to pluck someone's sleeve.
- to pull with sudden force or with a jerk.
- to pull or move by force (often fol. by away, off, or out).
- to remove the feathers, hair, etc., from by pulling: to pluck a chicken.
- to rob, plunder, or fleece.
- to sound (the strings of a musical instrument) by pulling at them with the fingers or a plectrum.
- to pull or tug sharply (often fol. by at).
- to snatch (often fol. by at).
- He always plucked up at the approach of danger. She was a stranger in the town, but, plucking up her courage, she soon made friends.
- to eradicate; uproot.
- to summon up one's courage; rouse one's spirits:He always plucked up at the approach of danger. She was a stranger in the town, but, plucking up her courage, she soon made friends.
- act of plucking; a tug.
- the heart, liver, and lungs, esp. of an animal used for food.
- courage or resolution in the face of difficulties.
- pluck (Thesaurus)