Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[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. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for picker
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • 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
  • He says that the first player has scarcely shouted "picker up!"

  • It is used for that purpose as picker sticks in textile mills.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • This "picker waste" also forms a useful source of raw material.

    Animal Proteins Hugh Garner Bennett
  • A picker was handed to him, by one who also held the powder-horn for priming.

    Matilda Montgomerie Major (John) Richardson
  • Yes, there was Mr. picker, elbowing his way through the crowd.

    Missy Dana Gatlin
  • Even though he told her Mr. picker had made him pay for the bucket of candy.

    Missy Dana Gatlin
  • Missy knew it must have gone hard with him to be put in the wrong by Mr. picker.

    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
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
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
Cite This Source
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.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for picker

Word Value for picker

Scrabble Words With Friends