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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Synonyms for picker


chooser, namer, selector

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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

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Before, horizontally scrolling would only switch watch faces—now the watch-face picker lives under a long press. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google’s huge Wear OS revamp makes the OS work more like Android," 29 Aug. 2018 On the outbound side, pickers pulled items, scanning them and dropping them into totes that move on conveyers to the lower floors. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "How Amazon Goes Small to Make It in New York," 1 Apr. 2019 Amazon, for example, has been holding competitions for years for picker robots, which can grab various items off the shelves. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Googly-Eyed Robots Are Coming to Hundreds of Grocery Stores," 14 Jan. 2019 The rise of these investment products in the years after the last crisis attracted trillions in new money at the expense of old-fashioned stock and bond pickers, turning firms like Vanguard Group and BlackRock Inc. Dawn Lim, WSJ, "ETFs, Mutual Funds See Sudden Drop in Money Flowing In," 26 Dec. 2018 So the Labor Department set the minimum wage at $14.12 an hour, rather than by piece rates — keyed to productivity — that often have enabled apple pickers to earn $18 an hour or more. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "As Washington growers struggle with labor shortage, vote in Congress on farmworker bill remains elusive," 5 Aug. 2018 All the options include color pickers, and the ability to buy additional items from an avatar store. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft’s new Xbox Live avatars detailed in leaked video," 18 Apr. 2018 Twice a day, each picker delivers collected cotton to a truck parked near the field. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Uzbekistan Aims to End Forced Labor in Cotton Fields," 17 Dec. 2018 The robot will bring this pod to the picker, and its screen tells them what item to grab. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The human costs of Black Friday, explained by a former Amazon warehouse manager," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of picker

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of picker

: a person or machine that picks crops

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