plucky

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pluck (nerve, persistence) +‎ -y

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plucky (comparative pluckier, superlative pluckiest)

  1. (informal) Having or showing pluck, courage or spirit in trying circumstances.
    Synonyms: brave, spunky, feisty
    • 1890, W. S. Gilbert, “The Modern Major-General”, in Songs of a Savoyard:
      For my military knowledge, though I'm plucky and adventury, / Has only been brought down to the beginning of the century
    • 2020 July 29, “Lawmakers From Both Sides Take Aim at Big Tech Executives”, in New York Times[1]:
      At the start of the hearing, Mr. Bezos introduced himself as a lucky and humble example of the success of American democracy — the son of a plucky mother and a supportive, immigrant father who “fostered my curiosity and encouraged me to dream big.”

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