pick·er | \ˈpi-kər \

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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Often, a beautiful day will bring so many pickers that nothing is left for the next day, or weather has slowed ripening down: any number of things may mean a trip for nothing. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Local farms where you can pick the food yourself," 9 May 2018 The bidders, most dressed in jeans and T-shirts, moved in a cluster down a dirt path lined by farm equipment and vehicles — tractors, an irrigation system, a rock picker, a wheel loader. BostonGlobe.com, "With family grown apart, historic farm is in the middle," 13 July 2018 Some industries are already facing a brain-drain recruitment crisis as migrant workers from other E.U. countries prepare to leave, affecting everyone from fruit-pickers and factory workers to finance and health professionals. Alastair Jamieson /, NBC News, "Airbus warns it will leave Britain if there's no E.U. deal on Brexit," 22 June 2018 Republican horse pickers in Washington believe that those same characteristics would serve her well in a Senate run, but as the race has progressed, McSally has struggled to find a tone that works. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Power Rankings: Not so peachy primaries," 9 July 2018 Under the hot Florida sun, hundreds of strawberry pickers dot the rows of Wish Farms. Errol Barnett, CBS News, "Farmers look to artificial intelligence as workforce declines," 24 Apr. 2018 And like a hacker, a good picker doesn’t break the lock with brute force but with subtlety and finesse. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Girl Scouts Are Learning to Pick Locks and Hack Computers," 28 June 2018 While the town usually receives 500 visas for crab pickers, this year only about 300 were approved. NBC News, "Trump's visa changes are clawing a famous crab town. And they voted for him.," 15 May 2018 Then, the most anticipated picker of the day got stage fright. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Roundup of Most Interesting Ways Picks Have Announced on Last Day of NFL Draft," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of picker

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of picker was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of picker

: a person or machine that picks crops

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a state of commotion or excitement

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