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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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 Its resolution picker appears to be locked to four resolutions, no matter what your monitor or Windows PC reports. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Mega Man X Legacy Collection," 24 July 2018 Championed by the great Taj Mahal, acoustic-guitar picker Jontavious Willis of Greenville, Ga., has a clean, warm voice that recalls longtime blues star Keb' Mo' or, going further back, Big Bill Broonzy. Steve Knopper, chicagotribune.com, "Your Chicago Blues Festival guide to the tunes that matter," 4 June 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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