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pick

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verb \ˈpik\

Definition of pick

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to pierce, penetrate, or break up with a pointed instrument <picked the hard clay>

  3. 2 a :  to remove bit by bit <pick meat from bones> b :  to remove covering or adhering matter from <pick the bones>

  4. 3 a :  to gather by plucking <pick apples> b :  choose, select <tried to pick the shortest route> c :  to make (one's way) slowly and carefully <picked his way through the rubble>

  5. 4 a :  pilfer, rob <pick pockets> b :  to obtain useful information from by questioning —used in such phrases as pick the brains of

  6. 5 :  provoke <pick a quarrel>

  7. 6 a :  to dig into :  probe <picking his teeth> b :  to pluck (as a guitar) with a pick or with the fingers c :  to loosen or pull apart with a sharp point <pick wool>

  8. 7 :  to unlock with a device (as a wire) other than the key <pick a lock>

  9. intransitive verb
  10. 1 :  to use or work with a pick

  11. 2 :  to gather or harvest something by plucking

  12. 3 :  pilfer —used in the phrase picking and stealing

  13. 4 :  to eat sparingly or mincingly <picking listlessly at his dinner>

pick and choose
  1. :  to select with care and deliberation

pick at
  1. :  to criticize repeatedly especially for minor faults :  nag

pick on
  1. :  to single out for criticism, teasing, or bullying <picked on smaller boys>; also :  to single out for a particular purpose or for special attention



Origin of pick

Middle English piken, partly from Old English *pīcian (akin to Middle Dutch picken to prick); partly from Middle French piquer to prick — more at pike


First Known Use: 14th century


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pick

noun

Definition of pick

  1. 1 :  a blow or stroke with a pointed instrument

  2. 2 a :  the act or privilege of choosing or selecting :  choice <take your pick> b :  the best or choicest one <the pick of the herd> c :  one that is picked <his pick for vice president>

  3. 3 :  the portion of a crop gathered at one time <the first pick of peaches>

  4. 4 :  a screen in basketball



15th Century

First Known Use of pick

15th century


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pick

noun

Definition of pick

  1. 1 :  a heavy wooden-handled iron or steel tool pointed at one or both ends — compare mattock

  2. 2 a :  toothpick b :  picklock c :  a small thin piece (as of plastic or metal) used to pluck the strings of a stringed instrument

  3. 3 :  one of the points on the forepart of the blade of a skate used in figure skating

  4. 4 :  a comb with long widely spaced teeth used to give height to a hairstyle



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Origin of pick

Middle English pik


First Known Use: 14th century


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pick

verb

Definition of pick

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 chiefly dialect :  to throw or thrust with effort :  hurl

  3. 2 :  to throw (a shuttle) across the loom



Origin of pick

Middle English pykken to pitch (a tent); akin to Middle English picchen to pitch


First Known Use: 1523


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pick

noun

Definition of pick

  1. 1 dial English a :  the act of pitching or throwing b :  something thrown

  2. 2 a :  a throw of the shuttle b :  a filling thread



1627

First Known Use of pick

1627




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