What does pick mean?

Definitions for pick

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word pick.

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"


  1. Pick(n.)

    Choice; right of selection; as, to have one's pick; in cat breeding, the owner of a stud gets the pick of the litter.

  2. Origin: [F. pic a pickax, a pick. See Pick, and cf. Pike.]


  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

  21. Origin: [OE. picken, pikken, to prick, peck; akin to Icel. pikka, Sw. picka, Dan. pikke, D. pikken, G. picken, F. piquer, W. pigo. Cf. Peck, v., Pike, Pitch to throw.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pick

    pik, v.t. to prick with a sharp-pointed instrument: to peck, as a bird: to pierce: to open with a pointed instrument, as a lock: to pluck or gather, as flowers, &c.: to separate or pull apart: to clean with the teeth: to gather: to choose: to select: to call: to seek, as a quarrel: to steal.—v.i. to do anything carefully: to eat by morsels.—n. any sharp-pointed instrument, esp. for loosening and breaking up hard soil, &c.: a picklock: foul matter collecting on printing-types, &c.: right or opportunity of first choice.—n. Pick′-cheese, the blue titmouse: the fruit of the mallow.—adj. Picked (pikt), selected, hence the choicest or best: having spines or prickles, sharp-pointed.—ns. Pick′edness; Pick′er, one who picks or gathers up: one who removes defects from and finishes electrotype plates: a pilferer; Pick′ing, the act of picking, selecting, gathering, pilfering: that which is left to be picked: dabbing in stone-working: the final finishing of woven fabrics by removing burs, &c.: removing defects from electrotype plates; Pick′lock, an instrument for picking or opening locks; Pick′-me-up, a stimulating drink; Pick′pocket, one who picks or steals from other people's pockets; Pick′-purse, one who steals the purse or from the purse of another.—adj. Pick′some, given to picking and choosing.—n. Pick′-thank, an officious person who does what he is not desired to do in order to gain favour: a flatterer: a parasite.—v.t. to gain favour by unworthy means.—Pick a hole in one's coat, to find fault with one; Pick a quarrel, to find an occasion of quarrelling; Pick at, to find fault with; Pick fault, to seek occasions of fault-finding; Pick oakum, to make oakum by untwisting old ropes; Pick off, to aim at and kill or wound, as with a rifle; Pick one's way, to move carefully; Pick out, to make out: to mark with spots of colour, &c.; Pick to pieces, to tear asunder: to damage, as character; Pick up, to improve gradually: to gain strength bit by bit: to take into a vehicle, or into one's company: to get as if by chance.—adj. gathered together by chance. [Celt., as Gael. pioc, to pick, W. pigo; cf. Pike.]

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pick in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pick in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of pick in a Sentence

  1. Sean Costello:

    They didn't pick up the phone.

  2. Kathy Krail:

    We pick ones with wine tastings.

  3. Sean Costello:

    They didn’t pick up the phone.

  4. William D. Snow:

    Quick, cheap, or good, pick two.

  5. Oswald Theodore Avery:

    Whenever you fall, pick up something

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Translations for pick

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  • picCatalan, Valencian
  • trsátko, krumpáčCzech
  • чєсатиOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
  • plukkeDanish
  • Plektron, Pickel, Dietrich, Hacke, pflücken, PlektrumGerman
  • pico, ganzúaSpanish
  • کلنگPersian
  • tiirikka, valita, plektra, kampa, tonkia, valinta, poimia, harva, hakku, lukeaFinnish
  • cueillir, écran, pioche, choix, choisir, médiator, prendreFrench
  • բրիչ, քլունգArmenian
  • lesaIcelandic
  • stuzzicadenti, raccogliere, scegliere, piccone, barriera, prendere, plettro, sceltaItalian
  • つるはしJapanese
  • whawhaki, tāhora, whakiwhakiMāori
  • копач, трнокопMacedonian
  • kiezen, krabben, plukken, nemenDutch
  • plukke, valg, hakke, velge, plekter, pilke, dirkNorwegian
  • pegar, colher, escolher, picaretaPortuguese
  • p'itiyQuechua
  • сорва́ть, плектр, вы́бор, собира́ть, срыва́ть, кайло́, выбра́ть, собра́ть, рва́ть, кирка́, выбира́ть, медиа́тор, отмы́чка, выбиратьRussian
  • plocka, hacka, väljaSwedish
  • seçmek, kazma, tezene, mızrap, pena, çalgıç, çilingirTurkish

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