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Pick appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • Picky people pick Peter Pan Peanut-Butter, 'tis the peanut-butter picky people pick.
    (from a commercial)
  • Picky people pick Peter Pan Peanut Butter.
    Peter Pan Peanut is the peanut picky people pick.
  • Pete's pa pete poked to the pea patch to pick a peck of peas for the poor pink pig in the pine hole pig-pen.

Pick appears in the following pangrams (sentences using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Jumpy halfling dwarves pick quartz box. (33 letters)
  • Have a pick: twenty six letters — no forcing a jumbled quiz! (46 letters)
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Usage statistics for the verb pick:

spoken English67.79%written English32.21% conversational speech61.56%task-oriented speech38.44% imaginative writing76.29%informational writing23.71%
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Pick is sometimes a misspelling of picked or plan.

The word pick is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun pick

What does pick mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: picks

  1. the person or thing chosen or selected
  2. the quantity of a crop that is harvested
    • examples: he sent the first picking of berries to the market | it was the biggest peach pick in years
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • synonym of pick: picking
    • more generic words: output / production / yield = the quantity of something (as a commodity) that is created
  3. the best people or things in a group
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonym of pick: cream
    • more generic terms: elite / elite group = a group or class of persons enjoying superior intellectual or social or economic status
  4. the yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of pick: filling / weft / woof
    • more generic words: thread / yarn = a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving
    • part of: weave = pattern of weaving or structure of a fabric
    • substance of: cloth / fabric / material / textile = artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
  5. a small thin device (of metal or plastic or ivory) used to pluck a stringed instrument
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of pick: plectron / plectrum
    • more generic word: device = an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
    • more specific term: guitar pick = a plectrum used to pluck a guitar
  6. a thin sharp implement used for removing unwanted material
    • example: he used a pick to clean the dirt out of the cracks
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic term: hand tool = a tool used with workers' hands
    • more specific terms:
      • ice pick / icepick = pick consisting of a steel rod with a sharp point
      • toothpick = pick consisting of a small strip of wood or plastic
  7. a heavy iron tool with a wooden handle and a curved head that is pointed on both ends
    • example: they used picks and sledges to break the rocks
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of pick: pickax / pickaxe
    • more generic term: edge tool = any cutting tool with a sharp cutting edge
    • more specific word: mattock = a kind of pick that is used for digging
  8. a basketball maneuver; obstructing an opponent with one's body
    • example: he was called for setting an illegal pick
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic term: basketball play = a play executed by a basketball team
  9. the act of choosing or selecting

Alternative definition of the noun pick


  1. A tool used for digging; a pickaxe.
  2. A tool for unlocking a lock without the original key; a lock pick, picklock.
  3. A comb with long widely spaced teeth, for use with tightly curled hair.
  4. [US] A choice.
  5. [basketball] A screen
  6. [lacrosse] An offensive tactic in which a player stands so as to block a defender from reaching a teammate.
  7. [American football] An interception.
  8. [baseball] A good defensive play by an infielder
  9. [baseball] Short for pick-off
  10. [music] A tool used for strumming the strings of a guitar; a plectrum.

Specialised definition of the noun pick

Glossary of sports / table tennis

a shot used to turn the opponent's backspin into topspin, effected by using a hitting motion parallel to the table top with an open paddle

Definition of the verb pick

What does pick mean as a doing word?

Pick is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: picked | picking | picks

  1. select carefully from a group
    • examples: She finally picked her successor | He picked his way carefully
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic terms: choose / pick out / select / take = pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives
    • more specific word: hand-pick = pick personally and very carefully
  2. look for and gather
    • examples: pick mushrooms | pick flowers
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Theme]Carmen bought Mary a dress
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]Carmen bought a dress | Carmen obtained the spare part
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] for [Asset]Carmen bought a dress for $50
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] for [Beneficiary]Carmen bought a dress for Mary
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from [Source]Carmen bought a dress from Diana | Carmen obtained the spare part from Diana
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from [Source] at / for [Asset]FMC has bought 565,000 shares from Nortek Inc. at $23.50 a share
      [Asset - not location] [Verb] [Theme]$50 won't even buy a dress | $50 won't even purchase a dress

      Verbs of Change of Possession (with the same syntax): attain, book, buy, call, catch, charter, choose, conserve, find, gather, hire, lease, order, phone, pluck, procure, pull, reach, rent, reserve, shoot, slaughter, vote, win.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of pick: cull / pluck
    • more generic terms: collect / garner / gather / pull together = assemble or get together
    • more specific words:
      • mushroom = pick or gather mushrooms
      • berry = pick or gather berries
  3. harass with constant criticism
  4. provoke
    • example: pick a fight or a quarrel
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic terms: call forth / evoke / kick up / provoke = evoke or provoke to appear or occur
  5. remove in small bits
    • example: pick meat from a bone
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic terms: remove / take / take away / withdraw = remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  6. remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of pick: clean
    • more generic terms: remove / take / take away / withdraw = remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  7. pilfer or rob
    • example: pick pockets
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic word: rob = take something away by force or without the consent of the owner
  8. pay for something
    • examples: pick up the tab | pick up the burden of high-interest mortgages
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of pick: foot
    • more generic word: pay = give money, usually in exchange for goods or services
  9. pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of pick: pluck / plunk
    • more generic words: draw / pull = cause to move by pulling
    • more specific word: twang = pluck
  10. attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example
    • example: Pick open the ice
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of pick: break up
    • more generic word: pierce = cut or make a way through
    • entailment: chop / hack = cut with a hacking tool
  11. hit lightly with a picking motion
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of pick: beak / peck
    • more generic word: strike = deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon
  12. eat intermittently; take small bites of
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb]Cynthia ate | Cynthia drank | Cynthia nibbled | Cynthia sipped
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient]Cynthia ate the peach | Cynthia devoured the pizza | Cynthia drank the wine | Cynthia gobbled the pizza | Cynthia nibbled the carrot | Cynthia quaffed her mead | Cynthia sipped the drink | Cynthia swilled the beverage
      [Agent - being] [Verb] at [Patient]Cynthia ate at the peach | Cynthia nibbled at the carrot
      [Agent - being] [Verb] on [Patient]Cynthia nibbled on the carrot

      Verbs of Ingesting (with the same syntax): chew, chomp, crunch, gnaw, lick, masticate, munch, nibble, peck, teethe.

    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • synonyms of pick: nibble / piece
    • more generic word: eat = take in solid food

Alternative definition of the verb pick


  1. To grasp and pull with the fingers or fingernails.
  2. 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.
  3. To decide between options.
  4. [cricket] 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.
  5. [music] To pluck the individual strings of a musical instrument or to play such an instrument.


Who is Pick?

Pick a.k.a. Jimmy Ray Pickens is an actor and chauffeur.


"Pick" a.k.a. "Pick!" is a musical album of Ivana Parnasso.

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  1. Pick is a British television channel, available via Freeview, Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
  2. Pick: The ancient Egyptian Pick hieroglyph, Gardiner sign listed nos. U17, U18 is a portrayal of a 'pick upon the side view of a block'; it is in the Gardiner subset for agriculture, crafts, and professions.
  3. Pick is a family name.

Phrases with Pick

Phrases starting with the word Pick:

  1. pick at
  2. Pick on
  3. pick up
  4. pick off
  5. pick out
  6. Pick Six
  7. pick-off
  8. pick over
  9. pick apart
  10. Pick Holes
  11. Pick Up on
  12. pick-me-up

Phrases ending with the word Pick:

  1. ice pick
  2. hand-pick
  3. Lock Pick
  4. Nose-Pick
  5. Water Pick
  6. Cherry Pick

Other phrases containing the word Pick:

  1. to pick at
  2. to pick up

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Pick

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Google previewHow to Take Care of & Raise your Thoroughbred Horse (2015)

by Vince Stead

A hoof pick is a device you use to clean the hooves of your horse. You can find a hoof pick in any tack shop, and it is relatively cheap. It is usually made of steel alloy or just steel, with a size slightly bigger than the typical mobile phone.

Google previewCollected Reprints (1920)

by Sherman Chauncey Bishop

The pick is a spinose hump on the inner side of the basal part of the femur of the palpus and is shown enlarged in figure 3. By moving the palpus up and down the pick is rubbed against the file. The males of some of the species of Tmeticus ...

Google previewMoxon's Mechanick Exercises; Or The Doctrine of Handy-works Applied to the Art of Printing (1683)

A Literal Reprint in Two Volumes of the First Edition Published in the Year 1683 by Joseph Moxon, Theodore Low De Vinne

Pick is the name given to any bit of dirt that falls in the counter of a type, and fouls the print. The geometric rules for the proportions of letters as laid down by Moxon and other theorists are impracticable. They make no provision for the meeting ...

Google previewHomemade (2011)

The Heart and Science of Handcrafts by Carol Endler Sterbenz

Floral picks A floral pick is a pointed wooden stick, dyed green for camouflage, with a pair of fine, strong lengths of wire attached at one end. The wire can be used in a number of ways: to bind a small cluster of stems, to wire cones or pods, ...

Google previewSiebel CRM 8.1: Navigation & Configuration


The special-purpose business component for the list of value lists that are used in static pick lists is called pick list generic business component. The administration of this business component is done through Administration -> Data Screen, List ...

Google previewUnderstanding Equine Hoof Care (2006)

Your Guide to Horse Health Care and Management by Heather Smith Thomas

CLEANING THE FEET A hoof pick is the best tool for cleaning the foot though you can also use the blunt edge of a hoof knife to get the dirt out. Never use a sharp or pointed instrument for cleaning a hoof; you might injure yourself or the horse ...

Google previewThe Logic of Mind (2012)

by R.J. Nelson

In any case the true and the real are relative to language, and which language to pick is a question of one's problems in the context of on-going science. If the psychologist goes the mechanist route, then, ideally, considering the terrain just ...

Google previewInternational Library of Technology (1907)

Although the common double-pointed pick is the one most commonly used, it is sometimes necessary to change the shape of the picks in order to meet the conditions; but this can only be accurately determined by repeated experiments made ...

Google previewThe Nightmare Encyclopedia (2005)

Your Darkest Dreams Interpreted by Jeff Belanger, Kirsten Dalley

The ice pick is a tool used to chip away chunks of ice from a block—a way to break up larger chunks into more manageable ones. The solid handle and sharp point also make the ice pick a deadly weapon. The ice pick was the featured murder ...

Google previewThe Cooks and Confectioners Dictionary (1724)

Or, The Accomplish'd Housewives Companion ... by John Nott

TAKE hard Lettuce, Sorrel and Chervil, os each a like Alantity, or any other Herbs you like, as much as a half Peck will hold press'd down -, pick, waih them, and drain them, put them into a Pot with 'a Pound os fresh Butter, and let them over the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Sudan Banknotes 1856 - 2012

by Bushra Ali

Pick. numbers. with. Price. Corresponding Pick numbers with Price 1.

Google previewThe Royal Standard English Dictionary (1777)

In which the Words are Not Only Rationally Divided Into Syllables, Accurately Accented, and Their Part of Speech Properly Distinguished; But Likewise by a Key to this Work ... It Exhibits Their True Pronunciation According to the Present Practice of Men of Letters, Eminent Orators, and Polite Speakers in London ... To which is Added the Proper Names of Persons and Places in the Old and New Testaments ... by William Perry

money paid at fairs for breaking ground for booths or stalls * Pick, v. a. & m. to choose, to gather, to clear, to strike, to open ; to eat slowly or little: 8, a sharp-pointed iron tool Pick-a-päck, ad in manner of a pack Pick'axe ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc. : Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

To Pick. v. a. [picken, Dutch..] 1. To cull; to choose; to select; to glean; to gather here and there. It has commonly out after it when it implies selection, and up when it means casual occurrence.— This fellow picks up wit as pigeons peas. o Shak.

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Usage statistics about pick

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb pick:

spoken English67.79%written English32.21% conversational speech61.56%task-oriented speech38.44% imaginative writing76.29%informational writing23.71%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun pick:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb pick:


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Sign language

Pick Up Something in Baby Sign Language, ASL

Your baby can easily learn from you to sign Pick Up Something. Learn how to teach your baby to sign Pick Up Something {on the go} with ASL {without ...

Quotes about Pick

If I were to select a jack-booted group of fascists who are perhaps as large a danger to American society as I could pick today, I would pick BATF. (John Dingell)
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Scrabble value of P3I1C3K5

The value of this 4-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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