Definitions for PICKpɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to choose or select, esp. with care.

  2. to seek and find occasion for; provoke:

    to pick a fight.

  3. to attempt to find; seek out:

    to pick flaws in an argument.

  4. to steal the contents of:

    to pick a pocket.

  5. to open (a lock) with a device other than the key, esp. for the purpose of burglary.

  6. to pierce, dig into, or break up (something) with a pointed instrument:

    to pick ore.

  7. to form (a hole) by such action.

  8. to use a pointed instrument or the fingers on (a thing), to remove particles or adhering matter:

    to pick one's teeth.

  9. to prepare for use by removing a covering, as feathers:

    to pick a fowl.

  10. to detach or remove piece by piece with the fingers:

    to pick meat from the bones.

  11. to pluck or gather one by one:

    to pick flowers.

  12. (of birds or other animals) to take up (small bits of food) with the bill or teeth.

    Category: Animal Behavior

  13. to eat daintily or in small morsels.

  14. to separate, pull apart, or pull to pieces:

    to pick fibers.

  15. to pluck (the strings of a musical instrument). to play (a stringed instrument) by plucking with the fingers.

    Category: Music and Dance

  16. (v.i.)to use a pick or other pointed instrument on something.

  17. to select carefully or fastidiously.

  18. to pilfer; steal.

  19. to pluck or gather fruit, flowers, etc.

  20. pick apart,to criticize severely or in great detail.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Verb Phrase

  21. pick at, to find fault with; nag. to eat sparingly or daintily. to grasp at; touch; handle.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  22. pick off, to remove by pulling or plucking off. to single out and shoot: Baseball. to put out (a base runner) in a pick-off play.

    The hunter picked off a duck rising from the marsh.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  23. pick on, to criticize or blame; tease; harass. to single out; choose.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  24. pick out, to choose; select. to distinguish from that which surrounds or accompanies: to discern (sense or meaning). to work out (a melody) note by note; play by ear. to extract by picking.

    to pick out a well-known face in a crowd.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  25. pick over,to examine (an assortment of items) in order to make a selection.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  26. pick up, to lift or take up: to cause (one's courage, health, etc.) to recover. to gain, obtain, or learn casually or by occasional opportunity: to take on as a passenger. to bring into range of reception, observation, etc.: to accelerate; gain (speed). to put in good order; tidy. to make progress; improve: to become acquainted with informally or casually, often in hope of a sexual relationship. to resume or continue after being left off.

    to pick up a stone.

    I've picked up a few Japanese phrases.

    to pick up Rome on one's radio.

    Business is picking up.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Verb Phrase

  27. pick up on, Informal. become aware of; notice.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Common Vocabulary

  28. (n.)the act of choosing or selecting; choice; selection:

    Take your pick.

  29. a person or thing selected.

  30. the choicest or most desirable part, example, or examples:

    This horse is the pick of the stable.

  31. the right of selection.

  32. the quantity of a crop picked at a particular time.

    Category: Agriculture

  33. a stroke with something pointed.

  34. a basketball maneuver or positioning to prevent a defender from interfering with a teammate's shot.

    Category: Sport

Idioms for pick:

  1. pick someone's brains,to obtain information or ideas by questioning someone closely.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of pick:

1250–1300; (v.) ME pyken, pikken, pekken, c. D pikken, G picken, ON pikka to pick; akin to peck2 , pike5 ; (n.) der. of the v.


  1. a heavy tool consisting of a curved metal head tapering to a point at one or both ends, mounted on a wooden handle, and used for breaking up soil, rock, etc.

    Category: Building Trades

  2. any pointed tool or instrument for picking:

    an ice pick.

    Category: Building Trades

  3. Category: Music and Dance

    Ref: plectrum

  4. a comb with long, widely spaced teeth.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

Origin of pick:

1300–50; ME pikk(e); perh. var. of pike5


  1. to cast (a shuttle).

    Category: Textiles

  2. (n.)(in a loom) one passage of the shuttle.

    Category: Textiles

  3. a single thread of filling yarn.

    Category: Textiles

Origin of pick:

1850–60; var. of pitch1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. choice, pick, selection(noun)

    the person or thing chosen or selected

    "he was my pick for mayor"

  2. picking, pick(noun)

    the quantity of a crop that is harvested

    "he sent the first picking of berries to the market"; "it was the biggest peach pick in years"

  3. cream, pick(noun)

    the best people or things in a group

    "the cream of England's young men were killed in the Great War"

  4. woof, weft, filling, pick(noun)

    the yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving

  5. pick, plectrum, plectron(noun)

    a small thin device (of metal or plastic or ivory) used to pluck a stringed instrument

  6. pick(noun)

    a thin sharp implement used for removing unwanted material

    "he used a pick to clean the dirt out of the cracks"

  7. pick, pickax, pickaxe(noun)

    a heavy iron tool with a wooden handle and a curved head that is pointed on both ends

    "they used picks and sledges to break the rocks"

  8. pick(noun)

    a basketball maneuver; obstructing an opponent with one's body

    "he was called for setting an illegal pick"

  9. choice, selection, option, pick(verb)

    the act of choosing or selecting

    "your choice of colors was unfortunate"; "you can take your pick"

  10. pick(verb)

    select carefully from a group

    "She finally picked her successor"; "He picked his way carefully"

  11. pick, pluck, cull(verb)

    look for and gather

    "pick mushrooms"; "pick flowers"

  12. blame, find fault, pick(verb)

    harass with constant criticism

    "Don't always pick on your little brother"

  13. pick(verb)


    "pick a fight or a quarrel"

  14. pick(verb)

    remove in small bits

    "pick meat from a bone"

  15. clean, pick(verb)

    remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits

    "Clean the turkey"

  16. pick(verb)

    pilfer or rob

    "pick pockets"

  17. foot, pick(verb)

    pay for something

    "pick up the tab"; "pick up the burden of high-interest mortgages"; "foot the bill"

  18. pluck, plunk, pick(verb)

    pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion

    "he plucked the strings of his mandolin"

  19. pick, break up(verb)

    attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example

    "Pick open the ice"

  20. peck, pick, beak(verb)

    hit lightly with a picking motion

  21. nibble, pick, piece(verb)

    eat intermittently; take small bites of

    "He pieced at the sandwich all morning"; "She never eats a full meal--she just nibbles"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. pick(verb)ɪk

    to decide which of two or more things you want; = choose

    Ellie picked the red one.; He was picked to be the new principal.

  2. pickɪk

    to take a fruit or flower off a plant

    We were picking apples.; He picked a flower and handed it to her.

  3. pickɪk

    to scratch or tear pieces off

    Don't pick your zits.

  4. pickɪk

    to ask for information

    I need to pick your brains about fund raising.

  5. pickɪk

    to deliberately start a fight

    He got drunk and picked a fight with someone.

  6. pickɪk

    to pull mucus from your nose

  7. pick(noun)ɪk

    a piece of plastic used to play a guitar

    a guitar pick

  8. pickɪk

    a sharp tool for breaking into hard surfaces

    an ice pick

  9. pickɪk

    sb or sth you think will win or be the best

    Who's your pick to win the series?

  10. pickɪk

    to be allowed to choose whatever you want

    He had his pick of good jobs.

  11. pickɪk

    the best of

    Their new diesel is the pick of the bunch.

  12. pickɪk

    used to tell sb to choose whatever they want

    Take your pick - they're all fresh from the oven.


  1. pick(Noun)

    A tool used for digging; a pickaxe.

  2. pick(Noun)

    A tool for unlocking a lock without the original key; a lock pick, picklock.

  3. pick(Noun)

    A comb with long widely spaced teeth, for use with tightly curled hair.

  4. pick(Noun)

    A choice.

  5. pick(Noun)

    A screen

  6. pick(Noun)

    An offensive tactic in which a player stands so as to block a defender from reaching a teammate.

  7. pick(Noun)

    An interception.

  8. pick(Noun)

    A good defensive play by an infielder

  9. pick(Noun)

    Short for pick-off

  10. pick(Verb)

    To grasp and pull with the fingers or fingernails.

  11. pick(Verb)

    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.

  12. pick(Verb)

    To decide between options.

    I'll pick the one with the nicest name.

  13. pick(Verb)

    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.

  14. pick(Verb)

    To pluck the individual strings of a musical instrument or to play such an instrument.

    He picked a tune on his banjo.

  15. pick(Noun)

    A tool used for strumming the strings of a guitar; a plectrum.

  16. Origin: From picken, pikken, from *, pycan, from pikōnan, from beu-. Cognate with pikken, picken, pikka.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pick

    to throw; to pitch

  2. Pick

    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

  3. Pick

    to separate or open by means of a sharp point or points; as, to pick matted wool, cotton, oakum, etc

  4. Pick

    to open (a lock) as by a wire

  5. Pick

    to pull apart or away, especially with the fingers; to pluck; to gather, as fruit from a tree, flowers from the stalk, feathers from a fowl, etc

  6. Pick

    to remove something from with a pointed instrument, with the fingers, or with the teeth; as, to pick the teeth; to pick a bone; to pick a goose; to pick a pocket

  7. Pick

    to choose; to select; to separate as choice or desirable; to cull; as, to pick one's company; to pick one's way; -- often with out

  8. Pick

    to take up; esp., to gather from here and there; to collect; to bring together; as, to pick rags; -- often with up; as, to pick up a ball or stones; to pick up information

  9. Pick

    to trim

  10. Pick(verb)

    to eat slowly, sparingly, or by morsels; to nibble

  11. Pick(verb)

    to do anything nicely or carefully, or by attending to small things; to select something with care

  12. Pick(verb)

    to steal; to pilfer

  13. Pick(noun)

    a sharp-pointed tool for picking; -- often used in composition; as, a toothpick; a picklock

  14. Pick(noun)

    a heavy iron tool, curved and sometimes pointed at both ends, wielded by means of a wooden handle inserted in the middle, -- used by quarrymen, roadmakers, etc.; also, a pointed hammer used for dressing millstones

  15. Pick(noun)

    a pike or spike; the sharp point fixed in the center of a buckler

  16. Pick(noun)

    choice; right of selection; as, to have one's pick

  17. Pick(noun)

    that which would be picked or chosen first; the best; as, the pick of the flock

  18. Pick(noun)

    a particle of ink or paper imbedded in the hollow of a letter, filling up its face, and occasioning a spot on a printed sheet

  19. Pick(noun)

    that which is picked in, as with a pointed pencil, to correct an unevenness in a picture

  20. Pick(noun)

    the blow which drives the shuttle, -- the rate of speed of a loom being reckoned as so many picks per minute; hence, in describing the fineness of a fabric, a weft thread; as, so many picks to an inch

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PICK' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2355

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PICK' in Written Corpus Frequency: #510

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PICK' in Verbs Frequency: #151

Translations for PICK

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


whatever or whichever a person wants or chooses

Take your pick of these prizes.

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