- 1[transitive] pluck something (out) to pull out hairs with your fingers or with tweezers She plucked out a grey hair. expertly plucked eyebrows chicken, etc.
- 2[transitive] pluck something to pull the feathers off a dead bird, for example a chicken, in order to prepare it for cooking musical instrument
- 3(North American English also pick) [transitive, intransitive] pluck (at) something to play a musical instrument, especially a guitar, by pulling the strings with your fingers to pluck the strings of a violin He took the guitar and plucked at the strings. remove somebody/something
- 4[transitive] pluck somebody (from something) (to something) to remove somebody from a place or situation, especially one that is unpleasant or dangerous Police plucked a drowning girl from the river yesterday. Survivors of the wreck were plucked to safety by a helicopter. She was plucked from obscurity to instant stardom.
- 5[transitive] pluck something (from something) to take hold of something and remove it by pulling it He plucked the wallet from the man's grasp. fruit/flower
- 6[transitive] pluck something (from something) (old-fashioned or literary) to pick a fruit, flower, etc. from where it is growing I plucked an orange from the tree. Word Origin late Old English ploccian, pluccian, of Germanic origin; related to Flemish plokken; probably from the base of Old French (es)peluchier
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BrE BrE//plʌk//; NAmE NAmE//plʌk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pluck
BrE BrE//plʌk//; NAmE NAmE//plʌk//he / she / it plucks
BrE BrE//plʌks//; NAmE NAmE//plʌks//past simple plucked
BrE BrE//plʌkt//; NAmE NAmE//plʌkt//past participle plucked
BrE BrE//plʌkt//; NAmE NAmE//plʌkt//-ing form plucking
BrE BrE//ˈplʌkɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈplʌkɪŋ//