Pronunciation: (pluk),[key] —v.t. 1. to pull off or out from the place of growth, as fruit, flowers, feathers, etc.: to pluck feathers from a chicken. 2. to give a pull at; grasp: to pluck someone's sleeve. 3. to pull with sudden force or with a jerk.
4. to pull or move by force (often fol. by away, off, or out).
5. to remove the feathers, hair, etc., from by pulling: to pluck a chicken. 6. Slang.to rob, plunder, or fleece.
7. to sound (the strings of a musical instrument) by pulling at them with the fingers or a plectrum.
—v.i. 1. to pull or tug sharply (often fol. by at).
2. to snatch (often fol. by at).
3. pluck up, a. to eradicate; uproot.
b. to summon up one's courage; rouse one's spirits: He always plucked up at the approach of danger. She was a stranger in the town, but, plucking up her courage, she soon made friends.
—n. 1. act of plucking; a tug.
2. the heart, liver, and lungs, esp. of an animal used for food.
3. courage or resolution in the face of difficulties.