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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Birrell says that this will be the most important impact of robot pickers. Nell Lewis, CNN, "Why robots will soon be picking soft fruits and salad," 4 Sep. 2019 Thousands of tea pickers toiled on the remote plantations. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "These tea plantation workers in India face poverty—and dangers," 30 Aug. 2019 This year’s pool of pickers includes Joan Niesen, Ross Dellenger, Laken Litman, Scooby Axson, Molly Geary, Max Meyer, Tim Rohan and Michael Shapiro. The Si Staff, SI.com, "College Football Week 1 Picks: Who Has the Edge on Opening Weekend?," 29 Aug. 2019 About a week later, the account posted a picture of a different man who introduced himself as Brian D.J., an outbound picker at a fulfillment center in Jacksonville. Jonah Engel Bromwich, BostonGlobe.com, "Amazon uses a Twitter army of employees to fight criticism of warehouses," 15 Aug. 2019 The strawberry industry is shrinking, with fewer fields under cultivation and the cost of hiring pickers for the back-wrecking job of stooping over rows increasing. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, "Rosé Berries Have Arrived," 11 Aug. 2019 Investors are shifting their money away from more-expensive stock pickers and embracing lower-cost alternatives that mimic market indexes. Britton O’daly, WSJ, "Beleaguered Money Managers Find Bright Spot in ESG," 11 July 2019 South Carolina was far from alone in its use of child jury pickers. Michael Waters, Smithsonian, "When 6-Year-Olds Chose Jury Candidates," 11 July 2019 But he was met with calamity in the fall of 2017 when grape pickers were bombarded by swarms of a new invasive insect, the Spotted Lanternfly. Claire Marie Porter, WIRED, "This Voracious, Unstoppable Bug Is Killing Off Vineyards," 2 Aug. 2019

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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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