Synonyms of pluck in English:


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See Spanish definition of desplumar


1‘Jane plucked a thread from the lapel of his coat’

remove, pick off, pick, pull, pull off, pull out, extract, take, take off

2‘she plucked at his T-shirt’

pull, pull at, tug, tug at, clutch, clutch at, snatch, snatch at, take hold of, grab, seize, catch, catch at, tweak, twitch, jerk
informal yank

3‘the turkeys are plucked and cleaned’

remove the feathers from, strip of feathers
rare deplume, displume

4‘he picked up the guitar and began to pluck the strings’

strum, pick, thrum, twang, plunk, finger
play pizzicato


1‘it must have taken a lot of pluck to go there alone’

courage, bravery, nerve, pluckiness, boldness, courageousness, braveness, backbone, spine, daring, spirit, intrepidness, intrepidity, fearlessness, mettle, determination, fortitude, resolve, resolution, stout-heartedness, hardihood, dauntlessness, valour, doughtiness, heroism, audacity
informal grit, guts, spunk, gutsiness, gumption
British informal bottle, ballsiness
North American informal moxie, cojones, sand
vulgar slang balls