(noun, verb)


1. the person or thing chosen or selected

- he was my pick for mayor

Similar word(s): choice, selection

Definition categories: thought, deciding

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

Similar word(s): picking

Definition categories: quantity, output, production, yield

3. the best people or things in a group

Similar word(s): cream

Definition categories: group, elite

4. the yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving

Similar word(s): filling, weft, woof

Definition categories: man–made, thread, yarn

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

Similar word(s): plectron, plectrum

Definition categories: man–made, device

6. a thin sharp implement used for removing unwanted material

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

Definition categories: man–made

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

Similar word(s): pickax, pickaxe

Definition categories: man–made

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

- he was called for setting an illegal pick

Definition categories: act

9. the act of choosing or selecting

- you can take your pick

Similar word(s): choice, option, selection

Definition categories: act, action

Sentences with pick as a noun:

- so many picks to an inch


1. select carefully from a group

- She finally picked her successor

- He picked his way carefully

Definition categories: cognition, choose, select, take

2. look for and gather

- pick mushrooms

- pick flowers

Similar word(s): cull, pluck

Definition categories: contact, collect, garner, gather

3. harass with constant criticism

- Don't always pick on your little brother

Similar word(s): blame

Definition categories: communication, criticise, criticize, knock

4. provoke

- pick a fight or a quarrel

Definition categories: creation, evoke, provoke

5. remove in small bits

- pick meat from a bone

Definition categories: change, remove, take, withdraw

6. remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits

Similar word(s): clean

Definition categories: change, remove, take, withdraw

7. pilfer or rob

- pick pockets

Definition categories: possession, rob

8. pay for something

- pick up the tab

- pick up the burden of high-interest mortgages

Similar word(s): foot

Definition categories: possession, pay

9. pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion

Similar word(s): pluck, plunk

Definition categories: contact, draw, pull

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

- Pick open the ice

Definition categories: contact, pierce

11. hit lightly with a picking motion

Similar word(s): beak, peck

Definition categories: contact, strike

12. eat intermittently; take small bites of

Similar word(s): nibble, piece

Definition categories: consumption, eat

Sentences with pick as a verb:

- Don't pick at that scab.

- He picked his nose.

- It's time to pick the tomatoes.

- She picked flowers in the meadow.

- to pick feathers from a fowl

- to pick rags

- to pick the teeth; to pick a bone; to pick a goose; to pick a pocket

- I'll pick the one with the nicest name.

- He didn't pick the googly, and was bowled.

- He picked a tune on his banjo.

- to pick matted wool, cotton, oakum, etc.