See also: Picker



From Middle English pikere, pykare, equivalent to pick +‎ -er.


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  • Rhymes: -ɪkə(ɹ)


picker (plural pickers)

  1. Agent noun of pick; one who picks.
    The apple picker climbed the tree.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 8, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      That concertina was a wonder in its way. The handles that was on it first was wore out long ago, and he'd made new ones of braided rope yarn. And the bellows was patched in more places than a cranberry picker's overalls.
  2. (computing, graphical user interface) Any user interface control that selects something.
    a date picker
  3. (engineering) A machine for picking fibrous materials to pieces so as to loosen and separate the fibre.
  4. (weaving) The piece in a loom that strikes the end of the shuttle and impels it through the warp.
  5. (military) A priming wire for cleaning the vent, in ordnance.
  6. (slang, gold panning) A fragment of gold smaller than a nugget but large enough to be picked up.
  7. (historical) One who removes defects from and finishes electrotype plates.
  8. (archaic) A pilferer.