Wordnik word of the day: pluck

by Grant Barrett on October 7, 2009

Today’s word of the day is pluck. Naturally, if we’re going to choose a word that seems so ordinary, we’re going to tell you about a meaning that isn’t. This pluck is the heart, liver, windpipe, and lungs of a sheep, ox, or other animal used as butchers’ meat. It’s also used figuratively or humorously for similar parts of a human being, especially when talking about “having the pluck” or “being plucky,” meaning, “showing courage and spirit in trying circumstances” or “being bold or brave.” In other words, “having the guts or the stomach to do something” or “showing intestinal fortitude.”


Why doesn’t anyone ever say, “He has the belly button to do what’s right?”

4ndyman October 7, 2009 at 7:44 am

You mean navel fortitude?

Of course, we do have the idiom of navel-gazing…

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