Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “pluck”

See all translations

pluck

verb
 
 
/plʌk/
pluck sth/sb from/out, etc to quickly pull something or someone from the place where they are: He plucked a £50 note out of his wallet. A helicopter plucked him from the sea.Pulling
BIRD [T] to pull all the feathers out of a bird before cooking itPreparing foodPreparing food using heat
MUSIC [T] If you pluck the strings of a musical instrument, you pull them with your fingers to make a sound.String instruments
PLANT [T] literary to pick a flower or part of a plantTaking things away from someone or somewhereRemoving and getting rid of things
pluck your eyebrows to pull hairs out of your eyebrows (= lines of hair above your eyes) to make them look tidy →  See also pluck up the courage (to do sth) Removing and extracting
(Definition of pluck from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “pluck” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

escapism

a way of avoiding an unpleasant or boring life, especially by thinking, reading, etc. about more exciting but impossible activities

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

showrooming noun

February 23, 2015
the activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

Read More