Definition of plucky in English:



  • Having or showing determined courage in the face of difficulties.

    ‘the plucky youngster has astounded medical staff’
    • ‘Of the rest, Belgium was unlucky, despite giving a plucky performance in every game.’
    • ‘But the plucky pensioner fought back, trying to push his attacker back outside his front door.’
    • ‘But the plucky terrier survived - and emerged as the proud mother of two healthy pups.’
    • ‘A plucky pensioner told today how he was battered in the face by an armed robber as he bravely prevented a post office raid.’
    • ‘But seconds later the plucky rider had regained her composure and remounted her animal.’
    • ‘It represents Londoners as brave, plucky individuals determined to carry on with their lives come what may.’
    • ‘Being both a princess and plucky, she not only survived all this but grew up to become a great and resplendent Queen.’
    • ‘But not only has the plucky youngster fought her way back to fitness, she has also excelled herself in the world of sport.’
    • ‘But the plucky youngster has now made a full recovery and is looking forward to a happy Christmas with her family.’
    • ‘The plucky farmer is understood to have startled the thief who eventually broke free and made his escape to a waiting car.’
    • ‘The plucky pastor finally found the courage to tackle the hissing intruder.’
    • ‘The plucky youngster managed to kick his attacker in the kneecap before getting free and running home.’
    • ‘Now staff at the surgery where she is being treated are trying to find a good home for the plucky pet who has already won their hearts.’
    • ‘It's not ideal but then it's a plucky, little club which thrives on the unexpected.’
    • ‘A plucky teenager successfully sued her own dad to force him to provide for her university education.’
    • ‘A plucky woman kept a tight grip on her handbag during a tussle with a would-be robber.’
    • ‘Anyway, full marks for a plucky young lady, who braved this despite the fact that the water was very cold.’
    • ‘Two plucky pensioners fought off a burglar who forced his way into their home.’
    • ‘The plucky teenager managed to attend yesterday's ceremony despite being rushed into hospital earlier this week.’
    • ‘The plucky youngster had to wait two years after her cancer treatment was complete before the operation could be carried out.’
    brave, courageous, bold, daring, fearless, intrepid, spirited, game, valiant, valorous, lionhearted, heroic, gallant, stout-hearted, stout, dauntless, resolute, determined, gritty, stalwart, undaunted, indomitable, unflinching, audacious, unafraid, doughty, mettlesome
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