Pick Definition

pĭk
picked, picking, picks
verb
picked, picking, picks
To throw (a shuttle)
Webster's New World
To eat sparingly or fussily.
Webster's New World
To thieve or pilfer.
Webster's New World
To gather the harvest from.
Picked the field in one day.
American Heritage
To gather growing berries, flowers, etc.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
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noun
picks
Any of several pointed tools or instruments for picking.
Toothpick.
Webster's New World
The act of picking; stroke or blow with something pointed.
Webster's New World
Webster's New World
An interception of a pass.
American Heritage
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.
Webster's New World
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rejection
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idiom
pick and choose
  • To select with great care.
American Heritage
pick holes in
  • To seek and discover flaws or a flaw in:

    picked holes in the argument.

American Heritage
pick nits
  • To find fault in a petty way; nitpick.
American Heritage
pick (one's) way
  • To find passage and make careful progress through it:

    picked her way down the slope.

American Heritage
pick (someone) to pieces
  • To criticize sharply.
American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Pick

Noun

Singular:
pick
Plural:
picks

Origin of Pick

  • From Middle English picken, pikken, from Old English *pÄ«cian, pȳcan (“to pick, prick, pluck"), from Proto-Germanic *pikōnÄ…, *pÅ«kijanÄ… (“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").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English piken to prick from Old English pīcian to prick and from Old French piquer to pierce (from Vulgar Latin piccāre pique)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English pik variant of pike sharp point pike5

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Dialectal from pick to pitch, thrust variant of pitch

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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