- Pick is the act of choosing or what is chosen.
- An example of a pick is the process of choosing a dessert.
- An example of a pick is the selected flavor of ice cream.
- Pick is defined as to choose or open a lock without a key.
- An example of to pick is to decide on chocolate ice cream for dessert.
- An example of to pick is to open a locked door with a paper clip.
Will this child pick chocolate ice-cream?
Origin of pickMiddle English pykken, variant, variety of picchen, to pitch
- one passage or throw of the shuttle of a loom
- one of the weft threads, or filling yarns
- a heavy tool used as in breaking up soil or rock: the metal head is long, narrow, and slightly curved, and pointed at one or both ends, with a wooden handle fitted into its center
- any of several pointed tools or instruments for picking: usually in combination: toothpick
- a slender, plastic pin used to hold hair rollers in place
- ☆ a comb with widely spaced teeth, used for fine, curly hair
Origin of pickMiddle English pike ; from Old English pic, pike
- to break up, pierce, or dig up (soil, rock, etc.) with something sharply pointed; use a pick on
- to make or form (a hole) with something pointed
- to dig, probe, or scratch at with the fingers or with something pointed in an attempt to remove
- to clear something from (the teeth) in this way
- to remove by pulling as with the fingers; specif., to pluck or gather (flowers, berries, etc.)
- to clear (something) in this way; specif.,
- to prepare (a fowl) by removing the feathers
- to remove the fruit from (a tree, orchard, etc.)
- to take up (food, etc.) in small pieces, as a bird with its bill; peck
- to eat sparingly or daintily
- to pull (fibers, rags, etc.) apart
- to choose; select; cull
- to look for and find excuse or occasion for (a quarrel or fight)
- to look for purposefully and find: to pick flaws
- to pluck (the strings on a guitar, banjo, etc.)
- to play (a guitar, banjo, etc.) in this way
- to open (a lock) as with a wire instead of a key, esp. in a stealthy manner
- to steal from (another's pocket, purse, etc.)
Origin of pickMiddle English picken, akin to Middle Dutch picken, pecken, Old Norse pikka; probably influenced, influence by Old French piquer, to pierce ; from pic, pike
- to eat sparingly or fussily
- to thieve or pilfer
- to use a pick
- to gather growing berries, flowers, etc.
- to be picked: grapes pick easily
- to select or choose, esp. in a careful or fussy manner
- ☆ to play the guitar, banjo, etc.
- the act of picking; stroke or blow with something pointed
- the act or right of choosing
- the person or thing chosen; choice
- the best or most desirable one or ones
- the amount of a crop picked at one time
- ☆ Basketball screen ()
pick and choose
pick apartor pick to pieces
- to separate or tear into many parts
- to find flaws in by examining critically
- to eat small portions of, esp. in a dainty or fussy manner
- Informal to nag at; find fault with
- to toy or meddle with; finger
- to remove by picking or plucking
- to hit with a carefully aimed shot
- ☆ Baseball to throw out (a base runner taking a lead) by means of a throw from the pitcher or catcher before or after a pitch
- to choose; select
- Informal to single out as for abuse or criticism; annoy; tease
pick one's way
- to choose; select
- to single out from or recognize among a group; distinguish
- to make out (meaning or sense)
- to play (a tune) note by note, as on a piano
- to grasp and raise or lift; take up
- to get, gain, find, or learn, esp. by chance or in a casual manner
- to stop for and take or bring along
- to take into custody; arrest
- to accelerate; gain (speed)
- to regain (health, power, efficiency, etc.); improve
- to resume (an activity) after a pause
- to see, hear, discern, etc.
- to receive or be in range to receive (a radio or TV transmission, esp. a distant or weak one)
- to find and travel along (a route or trail)
- to find and follow: the dog picked up the scent
- ☆ to make neat; tidy up
- to take (a bill) with the intention of paying it
- Informal to become acquainted with casually or informally, often with hope of sexual activity
pick up on☆ Informal
- to become aware of, understand, appreciate, etc.
- to start to do or use
verbpicked, pick·ing, picks
- To select from a group: The best swimmer was picked.
- a. To gather in; harvest: They were picking cotton.b. To gather the harvest from: picked the field in one day.
- a. To remove the outer covering of; pluck: pick a chicken clean of feathers.b. To tear off bit by bit: pick meat from the bones.
- To remove extraneous matter from (the teeth, for example).
- To poke and pull at (something) with the fingers.
- To break up, separate, or detach by means of a sharp pointed instrument.
- To pierce or make (a hole) with a sharp pointed instrument.
- To take up (food) with the beak; peck: The parrot picked its seed.
- To steal the contents of: My pocket was picked.
- To open (a lock) without the use of a key.
- To provoke: pick a fight.
- Music a. To pluck (an instrument's strings).b. To play (an instrument) by plucking its strings.c. To play (a tune) in this manner: picked a melody out on the guitar.
- To decide with care or forethought.
- To work with a pick.
- To find fault or make petty criticisms; carp: He's always picking about something.
- To be harvested or gathered: The ripe apples picked easily.
- The act of picking, especially with a sharp pointed instrument.
- The act of selecting or choosing; choice: got first pick of the desserts.
- Something selected as the most desirable; the best or choicest part: the pick of the crop.
- The amount or quantity of a crop that is picked by hand.
- Sports An interception of a pass.
- Basketball A screen.
Origin of pickMiddle English piken, to prick, from Old English *pīcian, to prick, and from Old French piquer, to pierce (from Vulgar Latin *piccāre; see pique ).
- A tool for breaking hard surfaces, consisting of a curved bar sharpened at both ends and fitted to a long handle.
- a. Something, such as an ice pick, toothpick, or picklock, used for picking.b. A long-toothed comb, usually designed for use on curly hair.c. A pointed projection on the front of the blade of a figure skate.
- Music A plectrum.
Origin of pickMiddle English pik, variant of pike, sharp point; see pike 5.
- A weft thread in weaving.
- A passage or throw of the shuttle in a loom.
transitive verbpicked, pick·ing, picks
Origin of pickDialectal, from pick, to pitch, thrust, variant of pitch2.
- A tool used for digging; a pickaxe.
- A tool for unlocking a lock without the original key; a lock pick, picklock.
- A comb with long widely spaced teeth, for use with tightly curled hair.
- A choice; ability to choose.
- That which would be picked or chosen first; the best.
- (basketball) A screen.
- (lacrosse) An offensive tactic in which a player stands so as to block a defender from reaching a teammate.
- (American football) An interception.
- (baseball) A good defensive play by an infielder.
- (baseball) Short for pick-off.
- (music) A tool used for strumming the strings of a guitar; a plectrum.
- A heavy iron tool, curved and sometimes pointed at both ends, wielded by means of a wooden handle inserted in the middle, and used by quarrymen, roadmakers, etc.
- A pointed hammer used for dressing millstones.
- (printing, dated) A particle of ink or paper embedded in the hollow of a letter, filling up its face, and causing a spot on a printed sheet.
- (art, painting) That which is picked in, as with a pointed pencil, to correct an unevenness in a picture.
- (weaving) The blow that drives the shuttle, used in calculating the speed of a loom (in picks per minute); hence, in describing the fineness of a fabric, a weft thread.
- so many picks to an inch
(third-person singular simple present picks, present participle picking, simple past and past participle picked)
- To grasp and pull with the fingers or fingernails.
- Don't pick at that scab.
- He picked his nose.
- To harvest a fruit or vegetable for consumption by removing it from the plant to which it is attached; to harvest an entire plant by removing it from the ground.
- It's time to pick the tomatoes.
- To pull apart or away, especially with the fingers; to pluck.
- She picked flowers in the meadow.
- to pick feathers from a fowl
- To take up; especially, to gather from here and there; to collect; to bring together.
- to pick rags
- To remove something from with a pointed instrument, with the fingers, or with the teeth.
- to pick the teeth; to pick a bone; to pick a goose; to pick a pocket
- To decide upon, from a set of options; to select.
- I'll pick the one with the nicest name.
- (cricket) To recognise the type of ball being bowled by a bowler by studying the position of the hand and arm as the ball is released.
- He didn't pick the googly, and was bowled.
- (music) To pluck the individual strings of a musical instrument or to play such an instrument.
- He picked a tune on his banjo.
- To open (a lock) with a wire, lock pick, etc.
- To eat slowly, sparingly, or by morsels; to nibble.
- To do anything nicely or carefully, or by attending to small things; to select something with care.
- To steal; to pilfer.
- (dated) To peck at, as a bird with its beak; to strike at with anything pointed; to act upon with a pointed instrument; to pierce; to prick, as with a pin.
- To separate or open by means of a sharp point or points.
- to pick matted wool, cotton, oakum, etc.
From Middle English picken, pikken, from Old English *pīcian, pȳcan (“to pick, prick, pluck”), from Proto-Germanic *pikōną, *pūkijaną (“to pick, peck, prick, knock”), from Proto-Indo-European *beu-, *bu- (“to make a dull, hollow sound”). Cognate with Dutch pikken (“to pick”), German picken (“to pick, peck”), Icelandic pikka (“to pick, prick”).