(noun, verb)


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

Similar word(s): gutsiness, pluckiness

Definition categories: attribute, fearlessness

2. the act of pulling and releasing a taut cord

Definition categories: act, pull, pulling

Sentences with pluck as a noun:

- Those tiny birds are hardly worth the tedious pluck

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


1. pull or pull out sharply

- pluck the flowers off the bush

Similar word(s): tweak

Definition categories: contact, draw, pull

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

Similar word(s): hustle, roll

Definition categories: possession, rip, steal

3. rip off; ask an unreasonable price

Similar word(s): fleece, gazump, hook, overcharge, plume, rob, soak, surcharge

Definition categories: possession, cheat, chisel

4. pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion

- he plucked the strings of his mandolin

Similar word(s): pick, plunk

Definition categories: contact, draw, pull

5. strip of feathers

- pluck the capon

Similar word(s): deplumate, deplume, displume, pull, tear

Definition categories: contact, strip

6. look for and gather

Similar word(s): cull, pick

Definition categories: contact, collect, garner, gather

Sentences with pluck as a verb:

- She plucked the phone from her bag and dialled.

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

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

- Plucking a bow instrument may cause a string to break.

- to pluck at somebody's sleeve