• WordNet 3.6
    • adj plucky marked by courage and determination in the face of difficulties or danger; robust and uninhibited; it was a gutsy thing to do" "you have to admire her","the gutsy...intensity of her musical involvement"-Judith Crist","a gutsy red wine"
    • adj plucky showing courage "the champion is faced with a feisty challenger"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Plucky Having pluck or courage; characterized by pluck; displaying pluck; courageous; spirited; as, a plucky race. "If you're plucky , and not over subject to fright."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • plucky Possessing pluck, or spirit and courage; spirited; courageous.
    • plucky In photography, clear and bright: said of a negative or print. Gelatinobromide papers for contact-printing are so designated.
    • plucky Capable of being plucked; fracturing easily along certain planes: as, a plucky rock. See plucking.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Plucky having pluck or spirit
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In literature:

He was a very plucky young man, but he had no liking at all for strange and unlawful escapades.
"The Palace of Darkened Windows" by Mary Hastings Bradley
The most cheerful, plucky little creature!
"The War on All Fronts: England's Effort" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Mighty plucky the way he's been going on with his work, with trouble gnawing at his vitals.
"Red Pepper's Patients" by Grace S. Richmond
But this plucky Yankee girl did not so give up her school.
"American Missionary, Volume 43, No. 5, May, 1889" by Various
They are plucky enough, but not one in a hundred of them has the making of a scout in him.
"Campaign Pictures of the War in South Africa (1899-1900)" by A. G. Hales
The plucky fellows who did ten leagues and wanted to run to the victory, stopped half way at the hospital.
"The Petty Troubles of Married Life, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
I thought when I saw you in the distance that you were one of the plucky ones; but I was mistaken.
"A Book for Kids" by C. J. (Clarence Michael James) Dennis
I saw an extraordinarily plucky thing done on one occasion, which I cannot refrain from narrating.
"Sketches From My Life" by Hobart Pasha
There's something nice and plucky about those little things, isn't there?
"The Other Girls" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
Don't give way now; you have been so plucky all through.
"The Passenger from Calais" by Arthur Griffiths
He's a plucky little chap.
"Mrs. Red Pepper" by Grace S. Richmond
But the little Jew was plucky.
"The Clarion" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
Our Albanian we found here awaiting us, which was a plucky thing to do.
"The Land of the Black Mountain" by Reginald Wyon
If you're pugnacious, people think you're plucky, and they're ready to stand up for you.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
She had always thought she was a plucky woman till she met Mistress Mary.
"The House by the Church-Yard" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
The other, painfully shot but plucky, begs to be given a chance to fight for his life.
"Foes in Ambush" by Charles King
He now noticed that the supports, led by his plucky aide at the foot of the hill, were flagging.
"The Story of Isaac Brock" by Walter R. Nursey
Most of the wounded I saw were not badly hurt, and were plucky and confident.
"A Journal From Our Legation in Belgium" by Hugh Gibson
But she was as plucky as they make them and was never molested.
"Danger Signals" by John A. Hill and Jasper Ewing Brady
Ray's plucky followers had shot viciously and emptied far too many saddles for Indian equanimity.
"A Daughter of the Sioux" by Charles King

In poetry:

The plucky little Mexican
Rides on the pampas like a man;
His horse may kick, and plunge, and rear,
He does not feel the least bit queer.
"Little People: An Alphabet" by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland
When the Rag he wrote for praised his plucky game,
Boanerges Blitzen felt that this was Fame;
When the men he wrote of shook their heads and swore,
Boanerges Blitzen only wrote the more:
"The Man Who Could Write" by Rudyard Kipling
and seeing her feet, in a visit, side by side
paused on the sill of The Tomb, she shrank: 'No.
They are not worthy,
fondled by many' and rushed from The Crucified
back through her followers out of the city ho
across the suburbs, plucky
"Dream Song 47: April Fool's Day, or, St Mary of Egypt" by John Berryman
My mates were strong and plucky chaps, but very soon I knew
That our opponents had the weight and strength to pull them through;
The boys were losing surely and defeat was very near,
When, high above the mighty roar, I heard the old man cheer!
"At the Tug-0-War" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Trudeau vs the plucky underdogs.
That, at least, is how the plucky protagonist in Lisa D'Amour's "thriller in seven scenes" describes her mission as she carries out the commands of a mysterious "panel".
When the Americans' starting five struggled to pull away from plucky Tunisia, the second five supplied plenty of firepower.
It was hosted by a group called the Committee for the Republic, which stands in plucky opposition to American empire.
Plucky Montesano earns state final berth.
Plucky band got plenty of support from audience and generous donor.
A plucky barn girl and a discarded Trakehner surprise even themselves by achieving an unlikely goal.
The Plucky Sampling Sensor Initiative and Its Advocates Keep On Encouraging Users to Gain the Many Benefits That Its Standardized Hardware, Communications and Microanalytic Specifications Can Bring to Process Analytical Systems.
One plucky fella all set for Culture Night.
These plucky heroines are determined to preserve the power of enchantment.
And he did it again at a critical moment in a 35-26 victory Saturday night over plucky Austintown Fitch in the first round of the Division I regional quarterfinal.
This video is getting some traction around the Internet today because of the pluckiness of the subject -- a man in Kenya who built his own airplane over the course of a year, with the help of what he learned on the Internet.
The Meme-Manufacturing Warhol Factory for Fame-Seeking Cats and plucky news upstart helmed by erstwhile Politco columnist Ben Smith is at it again.
She's played a shady FBI operative ( Roswell ), a plucky missionary (last year's Rambo ), and a centuries-old vampire with a penchant for Catholic schoolgirl uniforms ( Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel ).
Prying where his eyes should not be, Julian learns that his uncle intends to destroy a patch of ancient redwoods and that the plucky girl who lives near them needs Julian's help to stop the destruction.