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[ pik-er ]


  1. someone or something that picks. pick.
  2. a special tool or machine for picking pick fruit, vegetables, etc., from their plants.
  3. a machine that picks pick 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.


/ ˈpɪkə /


  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 History and Origins

Origin of picker1

First recorded in 1520–30; pick 1 + -er 1
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Example Sentences

“Times must be good when a young biotech company can afford to hire people to write unrelated magazine-style articles,” snarked Dirk Haussecker, a savvy biotech stock picker who is active on Twitter.

For objects that still stump robots, like a net bag of marbles or delicate pottery, a central routing algorithm would send them to a station with human pickers.

Skin pickers should prioritize working with a provider who is knowledgeable about the disorder and its treatment options, Grant said.

In other words, the evidence suggests that he was not a superior stock picker overall.

From Fortune

The Hungarian-born economist and stock picker famously observed that the relationship between the stock market and the economy is akin to a dog out for a walk with its owner.

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Horace was athletic and clever, known, probably apocryphally, as the fastest cotton picker in Clay County.

When cosmetics magnate Stanley Picker died in 1982, he left behind a gorgeous house and notable art collection.

Then adjust the reach of your picker and reach for your fruit.

And she liked working with Picker before, both on his first opera Emmeline, as well as An American Tragedy.

Maybe the cop on the Venice train mistook me for a fruit-picker.

It was a temptation, too, to flick a currant into the face of another picker and see him jump.

He lived on alms and slept in one of those rag-picker's huts near the barrier de Ternes.

Another bird of our coast is the Oyster-catcher, sometimes called the "Sea-pie" or Mussel-picker.

Some days when lucky strikes are frequent the gum picker can clear from $5 to $10.

The shrewd picker, the experienced man, runs his practiced eye along every trunk.