AskDefine | Define pick

Dictionary Definition



1 the person or thing chosen or selected; "he was my pick for mayor" [syn: choice, selection]
2 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" [syn: picking]
3 the best people or things in a group; "the cream of England's young men were killed in the Great War" [syn: cream]
4 the yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving [syn: woof, weft, filling]
5 a small thin device (of metal or plastic or ivory) used to pluck a stringed instrument [syn: plectrum, plectron]
6 a thin sharp implement used for picking; "he used a pick to clean dirt out of the cracks"
7 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" [syn: pickax, pickaxe]
8 a basketball maneuver; obstructing an opponent with one's body; "he was called for setting an illegal pick"
9 the act of choosing or selecting; "your choice of colors was unfortunate"; "you can take your pick" [syn: choice, selection, option]


1 select carefully from a group; "She finally picked her successor"; "He picked his way carefully"
2 look for and gather; "pick mushrooms"; "pick flowers" [syn: pluck, cull]
3 harass with constant criticism; "Don't always pick on your little brother" [syn: blame, find fault]
4 provoke; "pick a fight or a quarrel"
5 remove in small bits; "pick meat from a bone"
6 remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits; "Clean the turkey" [syn: clean]
7 pilfer or rob; "pick pockets"
8 pay for something; "pick up the tab"; "pick up the burden of high-interest mortgages"; "foot the bill" [syn: foot]
9 pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion; "he plucked the strings of his mandolin" [syn: pluck, plunk]
10 attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example; "Pick open the ice" [syn: break up]
11 hit lightly with a picking motion [syn: peck, beak]
12 eat intermittently; take small bites of; "He pieced at the sandwich all morning"; "She never eats a full meal--she just nibbles" [syn: nibble, piece]

User Contributed Dictionary



(v.) pician and Old Norse pikka "to prick, to peck", from Proto-Indo-European *pik-/*pek- (n.) variant of pike



  1. A tool used for digging; a pickaxe.
  2. A comb with long teeth, for use with tightly curled hair.
  3. A choice.
  4. A screen
  5. An offensive tactic in which a player stands so as to block a defender from reaching a teammate.
  6. An interception.
  7. A good defensive play by an infielder
  8. Short for pick-off
  9. A tool used for strumming the strings of a guitar; a plectrum.

Derived terms


  • CJKV Characters: ,
  • Czech: krumpáč
  • Finnish: hakku
  • Swedish: hacka
comb with long teeth
  • Finnish: valinta
basketball: screen
lacrosse: offensive tactic
football: interception
baseball: good defensive play by an infielder
baseball: pick-off
music: plectrum
  • Finnish: plektra


  1. To grasp and pull with the fingers or fingernails.
    Don't pick at that scab.
  2. To remove a fruit or plant for consumption.
    It's time to pick the tomatoes.
  3. To decide between options.
    I'll pick the one with the nicest name.
  4. 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.
to grasp and pull with fingers
  • Finnish: tonkia
  • Italian : prendere
  • Norwegian: pilke
to remove a fruit or plant for consumption
  • Finnish: poimia
  • Italian : raccogliere
  • Norwegian: plukke
  • Swedish: plocka
to decide between options
  • Finnish: valita
  • Italian : scegliere
  • Norwegian: velge
  • Swedish: välja
cricket: to recognise the type of ball being bowled
  • Finnish: lukea


Extensive Definition

The word Pick may refer to:

Tools and weapons

  • Pickaxe, a tool used for manual labour
  • Lock pick, a tool used for lock picking
  • Lock picking, the art of unlocking a lock without its intended key
  • Warded pick, a device for opening warded locks
  • Toothpick, a piece of wood or other substance to remove food from the teeth after a meal
  • Horseman's pick, a weapon used by cavalry units during the middle ages in Europe


Mathematics and computers

In music

  • Plectrum, a device for picking or strumming a stringed instrument
  • Guitar pick, a plectrum for a guitar
  • Fingerpicking, a technique for playing the guitar using the fingertips and/or fingernails
  • Sweep-picking, a guitar technique that involves playing one note per string



  • Cherry picking, literally meaning harvesting cherries, used metaphorically to accuse someone of pointing at individual cases which seem to confirm his or her position, while ignoring a significant portion of related cases that may contradict it
  • Nose-picking, the act of extracting mucus or foreign bodies from the nose with a finger
  • Pick and roll, an offensive play in basketball
  • U-Pick Live, a show aired on Nickelodeon between 2002 and 2005
  • Pick A Box, a radio program
  • Call pick-up, a system used in office telephony
  • Pick-Up, a slang term that is commonly used in a gaming context
  • 52 Pickup, a practical joke disguised as a card game
  • 52 Pick-up, a thriller/action film starring Ann-Margret and Roy Scheider
  • Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program, named after Lewis A. Pick
  • Anglers' or fishermen's slang for the Pickhandle barracuda
  • Pickelhaube is a type of helmet
  • Pick refers to an interception in American football

See also

pick in German: Pick
pick in French: Pick

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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