Definition of "pluck" [pluck]

  • To remove or detach by grasping and pulling abruptly with the fingers; pick: pluck a flower; pluck feathers from a chicken. (verb-transitive)
  • To pull out the hair or feathers of: pluck a chicken. (verb-transitive)
  • To remove abruptly or forcibly: plucked the child from school in midterm. (verb-transitive)
  • To give an abrupt pull to; tug at: pluck a sleeve. (verb-transitive)
  • Music To sound (the strings of an instrument) by pulling and releasing them with the fingers or a plectrum. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pluck" in a sentence
  • "His words set me thinking, and I had to recognise, rather bitterly, that what I call pluck did not form a great part of my birthright."
  • "But of march he knows which there is no heal to "pluck from a mental stop a rooted sorrow.""
  • "And indeed, much pluck is roused in a dauntless fashion in space."