Idioms

Origin of pick

1
1250–1300; v. Middle English pyken, pikken, pekken, cognate with Dutch pikken, German picken, Old Norse pikka to pick; akin to peck2, pike5; (noun) derivative of the v.
Related formspick·a·ble, adjectiveun·pick·a·ble, adjective

Synonym study

1. See choose.

Definition for pick (2 of 3)

pick

2
[ pik ]
/ pɪk /

noun

a heavy tool consisting of an iron or steel head, usually curved, tapering to a point at one or both ends, mounted on a wooden handle, and used for loosening and breaking up soil, rock, etc.; pickax.
a hammerlike tool for the rough dressing of stone, having two sharp, pyramidal faces.
any pointed or other tool or instrument for picking (often used in combination): a toothpick; an ice pick.
Music. plectrum.
Slang. a large pocket comb having long, widely spaced teeth.

Origin of pick

2
1300–50; Middle English pikk(e); perhaps variant of pike5

Definition for pick (3 of 3)

pick

3
[ pik ]
/ pɪk /
Textiles.

verb (used with object)

to cast (a shuttle).

noun

(in a loom) one passage of the shuttle.

Origin of pick

3
variant of pitch1
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British Dictionary definitions for pick (1 of 3)

pick

1
/ (pɪk) /

verb

noun

Derived Formspickable, adjective

Word Origin for pick

C15: from earlier piken to pick, influenced by French piquer to pierce; compare Middle Low German picken, Dutch pikken

British Dictionary definitions for pick (2 of 3)

pick

2
/ (pɪk) /

noun

a tool with a handle carrying a long steel head curved and tapering to a point at one or both ends, used for loosening soil, breaking rocks, etc
any of various tools used for picking, such as an ice pick or toothpick
a plectrum

verb

(tr) to pierce, dig, or break up (a hard surface) with a pick
(tr) to form (a hole) in this way

Word Origin for pick

C14: perhaps variant of pike ²

British Dictionary definitions for pick (3 of 3)

pick

3
/ (in weaving pɪk) /

verb

(tr) to cast (a shuttle)

noun

one casting of a shuttle
a weft or filling thread

Word Origin for pick

C14: variant of pitch 1
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Idioms and Phrases with pick

pick


In addition to the idioms beginning with pick

  • pick a bone with
  • pick and choose
  • pick apart
  • pick a quarrel
  • pick at
  • picked over
  • pick holes in
  • pick off
  • pick of the litter
  • pick on
  • pick one's way
  • pick out
  • pick over
  • pick someone's brain
  • pick to pieces
  • pick up
  • pick up on
  • pick up the pieces

also see:

  • bone to pick
  • slim pickings
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