pick·​er | \ ˈpi-kər How to pronounce picker (audio) \

Definition of picker

: one that picks: such as
a : a worker who picks something (such as crops)
b : a tool, implement, or machine used in picking something
c : a musician who picks a stringed instrument (such as a banjo)

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Examples of picker in a Sentence

a book reviewer who is one of the pickers of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction
Recent Examples on the Web Alkins said the cherry-picker with the two workers in it was able to drive forward but could not move up or down. Matt Yan, BostonGlobe.com, 11 May 2022 Wood is known as a star stock-picker, especially in innovative tech companies, and her Ark manages about $60 billion in assets, according to Forbes. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 19 May 2022 Still another featured an Asian man in a rice-picker hat pulling a rickshaw. NBC News, 20 Apr. 2022 By the latter’s, the Eagles were the better bean-picker-uppers by a margin of twenty per cent. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 27 Dec. 2021 Both wielded size-appropriate trash picker-uppers — barbecue tongs. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Apr. 2022 Take it from me, a chronic nail-biter and cuticle-picker: This advanced technique may take two to four hours to complete, but the finished look is worth every second. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 29 May 2022 Kevin Odegard was the Minnesota picker who got drafter to play guitar on the five tracks culled from the latter sessions, although those musicians famously went uncredited on the album artwork for decades. Chris Willman, Variety, 10 May 2022 The son of an orange picker, Rivera grew up in a wooden house built from the planks of old boxcars. Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of picker

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jul 2022

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“Picker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/picker. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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