plural noun
pick·​ings | \ ˈpi-kiŋz How to pronounce pickings (audio) , -kənz How to pronounce pickings (audio) \

Definition of pickings

: something that is picked or picked up: such as
a : gleanable or eatable fragments : scraps
b : yield or return for effort expended easy pickings slim pickings

Examples of pickings in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hargis and Douglass will stay onboard the Consort as advisers and continue teaching at early music programs around the country — happily plentiful in comparison to the slim pickings of their youth. Hannah Edgar, chicagotribune.com, 20 Apr. 2022 Russia’s assault on Ukraine, a conflict between two internet-savvy nations in a place with good cellular coverage, offers rich pickings for open source intelligence, or OSINT. Tom Simonite, Wired, 10 Mar. 2022 For wagon enthusiasts, recent pickings have been slim. Tim De Chant, Ars Technica, 16 Mar. 2022 When the temperature was in the lower 50s, cicadas made easy pickings. Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2022 But so far the pickings from Britain’s departure from the EU have been slim. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Feb. 2022 That describes the market for AWD überhatchs, too—these days, the pickings are slim. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 28 Feb. 2022 These expectations ran headlong into the reality of shopping in a frenzied sellers’ market where the pickings were slim and the prices astronomical. New York Times, 4 Feb. 2022 But with rock-bottom yields, demand for new bonds outstripping supply and the potential for tax increases, the pickings are slim for investors in search of tax-exempt income. Heather Gillers, WSJ, 4 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of pickings

1642, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

24 Apr 2022

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“Pickings.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pickings. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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