[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. pickeer,
  2. pickelhaube,
  3. pickens,
  4. pickens, andrew,
  5. pickens, fort,
  6. picker-upper,
  7. pickerel,
  8. pickerel frog,
  9. pickerelweed,
  10. pickering

Origin of picker

First recorded in 1520–30; pick1 + -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for picker


/ (ˈpɪkə) /


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
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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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