Nearby words

  1. piceous,
  2. pich,
  3. pichiciago,
  4. pichiciego,
  5. picinni,
  6. pick 'n' mix,
  7. pick a bone with,
  8. pick a quarrel,
  9. pick and choose,
  10. pick and mix

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.

SYNONYMS FOR pick
4. rob, pilfer. 12. reap, collect.

Related formspick·a·ble, adjectiveun·pick·a·ble, adjective

Synonym study

1. See choose.

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Examples from the Web for unpickable

  • Clive inspected the padlock on the postern and declared it to be unpickable.

    King of Ranleigh|F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton
  • Unpickable locks and invincible lock-pickers, burglar-proof safes and safe-specializing burglars, come equally from the States.

    Max Carrados|Ernest Bramah
  • But Ruth says she put her principles into her unpickable pocket, and just took her porte-monnaie in her hand.

    We Girls: A Home Story|Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  • Chubb and Hobbs of England made important improvements in tumbler locks, which for a long time were regarded as unpickable.

    Inventions in the Century|William Henry Doolittle


British Dictionary definitions for unpickable

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

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

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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Word Origin and History for unpickable
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Idioms and Phrases with unpickable

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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