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PLUCK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does pluck mean? 

PLUCK (noun)
  The noun PLUCK has 2 senses:

1. the trait of showing courage and determination in spite of possible loss or injury
2. the act of pulling and releasing a taut cord

  Familiarity information: PLUCK used as a noun is rare.


PLUCK (verb)
  The verb PLUCK has 6 senses:

1. pull or pull out sharply
2. sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity
3. rip off; ask an unreasonable price
4. pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion
5. strip of feathers
6. look for and gather

  Familiarity information: PLUCK used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


PLUCK (noun)


Sense 1pluck [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The trait of showing courage and determination in spite of possible loss or injury

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

gutsiness; pluck; pluckiness

Hypernyms ("pluck" is a kind of...):

fearlessness (the trait of feeling no fear)


Sense 2pluck [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of pulling and releasing a taut cord

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("pluck" is a kind of...):

pull; pulling (the act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you)


PLUCK (verb)


Sense 1pluck [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pull or pull out sharply

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

pluck; pull off; tweak; pick off

Context example:

pluck the flowers off the bush

Hypernyms (to "pluck" is one way to...):

draw; force; pull (cause to move by pulling)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "pluck"):

tweeze (pluck with tweezers)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2pluck [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

pluck; hustle; roll

Hypernyms (to "pluck" is one way to...):

steal (take without the owner's consent)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something from somebody


Sense 3pluck [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Rip off; ask an unreasonable price

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

plume; overcharge; gazump; fleece; hook; surcharge; soak; rob; pluck

Hypernyms (to "pluck" is one way to...):

cheat; chisel; rip off (deprive somebody of something by deceit)

"Pluck" entails doing...:

bill; charge (demand payment)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "pluck"):

extort; gouge; rack; squeeze; wring (obtain by coercion or intimidation)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 4pluck [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

plunk; pluck; pick

Context example:

he plucked the strings of his mandolin

Hypernyms (to "pluck" is one way to...):

draw; force; pull (cause to move by pulling)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "pluck"):

twang (pluck (strings of an instrument))

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s somebody
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 5pluck [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Strip of feathers

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

deplumate; displume; deplume; tear; pluck; pull

Context examples:

pull a chicken / pluck the capon

Hypernyms (to "pluck" is one way to...):

strip (remove the surface from)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 6pluck [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Look for and gather

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

cull; pick; pluck

Context examples:

pick mushrooms / pick flowers

Hypernyms (to "pluck" is one way to...):

collect; garner; gather; pull together (assemble or get together)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "pluck"):

mushroom (pick or gather mushrooms)

berry (pick or gather berries)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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