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[pik-er] /ˈpɪk ər/
someone or something that picks.
a special tool or machine for picking fruit, vegetables, etc., from their plants.
a machine that picks fibers.
a person who gathers fruit, flowers, etc.
Slang. a player of a stringed instrument, especially a banjo.
Metallurgy. a pointed rod for removing a pattern from a half mold.
Origin of picker
First recorded in 1520-30; pick1 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It is used for that purpose as picker sticks in textile mills.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • I suppose the boy was a picker just like the rest but at any rate he had some idea of fairness.

    The Hilltop Boys Cyril Burleigh
  • My “picker”—a piece of straight wire with a ring-end—hung from one of my breast buttons.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • He says that the first player has scarcely shouted "picker up!"

  • I do not know how long George was picker, but we next find him driving a gin-horse at a pit two miles off, across the fields.

  • Yes, there was Mr. picker, elbowing his way through the crowd.

    Missy Dana Gatlin
  • This "picker waste" also forms a useful source of raw material.

    Animal Proteins Hugh Garner Bennett
  • Even though he told her Mr. picker had made him pay for the bucket of candy.

    Missy Dana Gatlin
British Dictionary definitions for picker


a person or thing that picks, esp that gathers fruit, crops, etc
(in weaving) a person or the part of the loom that casts the shuttle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for picker

1520s, "one who steals;" literal use "one who picks" is from 1660s; agent noun from pick (v.). From 1923 as "one who plays the banjo." Picker-upper attested from 1936.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for picker
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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