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  1. someone or something that picks.
  2. a special tool or machine for picking fruit, vegetables, etc., from their plants.
  3. a machine that picks fibers.
  4. a person who gathers fruit, flowers, etc.
  5. Slang. a player of a stringed instrument, especially a banjo.
  6. Metallurgy. a pointed rod for removing a pattern from a half mold.
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Origin of picker

First recorded in 1520–30; pick1 + -er1
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  1. a person or thing that picks, esp that gathers fruit, crops, etc
  2. (in weaving) a person or the part of the loom that casts the shuttle
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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.

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