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Pronunciation: [plˈʌki] (IPA)

The term plucky can be interchanged with several synonyms, with each one defining the word with a slightly different twist. For instance, words like brave, fearless, courageous, intrepid, bold, and dauntless, all mean similar things to plucky but are used in different contexts. The word spunky brings up some fun connotations that emphasize an individual's vivaciousness and energetic spirit. Daring and heroic suggest a greater depth of risk and show of skill, while tenacious highlights an individual's inexhaustible drive. Gutsy and audacious bring forward an individual's tendency to break free from conventional norms. In the end, the best synonym to use depends on the situation and the tone that an author is trying to portray.

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What are the opposite words for plucky?

The word "plucky" connotes courage, bravery, and determination. However, there are several antonyms to this word that convey the opposite sentiment. One such word is "timid," which means lacking in courage or confidence. Another antonym is "cowardly," which describes a person who is easily frightened and lacks moral or mental strength. Similarly, "timorous" refers to someone who is shy, fearful, and nervous. Lastly, "fearful" suggests a person who is deeply apprehensive, scared, and anxious. All these antonyms of "plucky" highlight the negative opposite of being bold and gutsy.

Usage examples for Plucky

You 're a plucky fellow, Scanlan, and by Jove I like you for it!
"The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. II (of II)"
Charles James Lever
In fact, it was rather a plucky thing you did that day.
"The Greater Power"
Harold Bindloss W. Herbert Dunton
He is a plucky little fellow, and there isn't anything that can happen to him.
"The Hilltop Boys on Lost Island"
Cyril Burleigh

Famous quotes with Plucky

  • I may be plucky, but I am not stupid.
    Pierre Salinger
  • “I believe in God,” says my nan, in a way that makes the idea of an omnipotent, unifying frequency of energy manifesting matter from pure consciousness sound like a chore. An unnecessary chore at that, like cleaning under the fridge. I tell her, plucky little seven-year-old that I was, that I don’t. This pisses her off. Her faith in God is not robust enough to withstand the casual blasphemy of an agnostic tot. “Who do you think made the world, then?” I remember her demanding as fiercely as Jeremy Paxman would later insist I provide an instant global infrastructure for a post-revolutionary utopia. “Builders,” I said, thinking on my feet. This flummoxed her and put her in a bad mood for the rest of the walk. If she’d hit back with “What about construction at a planetary or galactic level?” she’d’ve had me on the ropes. At that age I wouldn’t’ve been able to riposte with “an advanced species of extraterrestrials who we have been mistakenly ascribing divine attributes to due to our own technological limitations” or “a spontaneous cosmic combustion that contained at its genesis the code for all subsequent astronomical, chemical, and biological evolution.” I probably would’ve just cried. Anyway, I’m supposed to be explaining the power of forgiveness, not gloating about a conflict in the early eighties in which I fared well against an old lady. Since getting clean from drugs and alcohol I have been taught that I played a part in the manufacture of all the negative beliefs and experiences from my past and I certainly play a part in their maintenance. I now look at my nan in another way. As a human being just like me, trying to cope with her own flaws and challenges. Fearful of what would become of her sick daughter, confused by the grandchild born of a match that she was averse to. Alone and approaching the end of her life, with regret and lacking a functioning system of guidance and comfort. Trying her best. Taking on the responsibility of an unusual little boy with glib, atheistic tendencies, she still behaved dutifully. Perhaps this very conversation sparked in me the spirit of metaphysical inquiry that has led to the faith in God I now have.
    Russell Brand
  • I believe in aristocracy, though — if that is the right word, and if a democrat may use it. Not an aristocracy of power, based upon rank and influence, but an aristocracy of the sensitive, the considerate and the plucky. Its members are to be found in all nations and classes, and all through the ages, and there is a secret understanding between them when they meet.They are sensitive for others as well as for themselves, they are considerate without being fussy, their pluck is not swankiness but the power to endure, and they can take a joke.
    E. M. Forster

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