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 Muddy is speaking from the soul of a tractor driver and guitar picker and moonshine runner whose first memories of Alan Lomax included shock that a white man would share a water cup with him. Wright Thompson, National Geographic, "What the Mississippi Delta teaches me about home—and hope," 1 June 2020 The research warns of danger for agricultural pickers in the U.S., with unsafe work days more than doubling by 2050 and heat waves happening five times more often as the planet continues to warm. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "A devastating Dust Bowl heat wave is now more than twice as likely, study says," 21 May 2020 The fruit drop had made this hard job harder and less lucrative for pickers, who often come from Mexico on guest worker visas for the season. USA Today, "As coronavirus pandemic spikes orange juice sales, a Florida citrus grower gets squeezed," 13 May 2020 Inside a pea picker’s tent in the middle of the morning. Johanna Fateman, The New Yorker, "A Different Side to Dorothea Lange," 12 Apr. 2020 British supermarket Morrison’s is hiring 2,500 extra drivers and pickers. Kelvin Chan, BostonGlobe.com, "Online grocery services struggle to meet spike in demand," 7 Apr. 2020 With peak strawberry season next month, pay switches from hourly to piece rate, and pickers are incentivized to work hard and fast. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Hospitals’ urgent search for supplies," 2 Apr. 2020 Instead, co-owner and registered nurse Kylie Demases will monitor and oversee staff pickers for a drive-through, which opens 10 a.m. April 1. Kim Pierce, Dallas News, "North Texas pick-your-own strawberry farms are making changes, including adding a drive-through option," 1 Apr. 2020 Most fruit and vegetable farms require human pickers to bring crops to harvest. Miranda Green, The New Republic, "Don’t Worry About Supermarket Shelves. Worry About Farmers.," 30 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of picker

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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27 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Picker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/picker. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of picker

: a person or machine that picks crops

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