Definition of plucky in English:



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

    ‘the plucky youngster has astounded medical staff’
    • ‘The plucky youngster managed to kick his attacker in the kneecap before getting free and running home.’
    • ‘It's not ideal but then it's a plucky, little club which thrives on the unexpected.’
    • ‘A plucky pensioner told today how he was battered in the face by an armed robber as he bravely prevented a post office raid.’
    • ‘The plucky pastor finally found the courage to tackle the hissing intruder.’
    • ‘The plucky teenager managed to attend yesterday's ceremony despite being rushed into hospital earlier this week.’
    • ‘A plucky teenager successfully sued her own dad to force him to provide for her university education.’
    • ‘But the plucky pensioner fought back, trying to push his attacker back outside his front door.’
    • ‘Two plucky pensioners fought off a burglar who forced his way into their home.’
    • ‘It represents Londoners as brave, plucky individuals determined to carry on with their lives come what may.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the plucky terrier survived - and emerged as the proud mother of two healthy pups.’
    • ‘The plucky farmer is understood to have startled the thief who eventually broke free and made his escape to a waiting car.’
    • ‘But not only has the plucky youngster fought her way back to fitness, she has also excelled herself in the world of sport.’
    • ‘But seconds later the plucky rider had regained her composure and remounted her animal.’
    • ‘Anyway, full marks for a plucky young lady, who braved this despite the fact that the water was very cold.’
    • ‘Being both a princess and plucky, she not only survived all this but grew up to become a great and resplendent Queen.’
    • ‘But the plucky youngster has now made a full recovery and is looking forward to a happy Christmas with her family.’
    • ‘A plucky woman kept a tight grip on her handbag during a tussle with a would-be robber.’
    • ‘Of the rest, Belgium was unlucky, despite giving a plucky performance in every game.’
    • ‘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
    gutsy, ballsy, spunky, have-a-go, feisty
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