Meaning of PICK in English


I. ˈpik verb

Etymology: Middle English piken, partly from Old English * pīcian (akin to Middle Dutch picken to prick); partly from Middle French piquer to prick — more at pike

Date: 14th century

transitive verb

1. : to pierce, penetrate, or break up with a pointed instrument

pick ed the hard clay


a. : to remove bit by bit

pick meat from bones

b. : to remove covering or adhering matter from

pick the bones


a. : to gather by plucking

pick apples

b. : choose , select

tried to pick the shortest route

she pick ed out the most expensive dress

c. : to make (one's way) slowly and carefully

pick ed his way through the rubble


a. : pilfer , rob

pick pockets

b. : to obtain useful information from by questioning — used in such phrases as pick the brains of

5. : provoke

pick a quarrel


a. : to dig into : probe

pick ing his teeth

b. : to pluck (as a guitar) with a pick or with the fingers

c. : to loosen or pull apart with a sharp point

pick wool

7. : to unlock with a device (as a wire) other than the key

pick a lock

intransitive verb

1. : to use or work with a pick

2. : to gather or harvest something by plucking

3. : pilfer — used in the phrase picking and stealing

4. : to eat sparingly or mincingly

pick ing listlessly at his dinner

- pick and choose

- pick at

- pick on

II. noun

Date: 15th century

1. : a blow or stroke with a pointed instrument


a. : the act or privilege of choosing or selecting : choice

take your pick

b. : the best or choicest one

the pick of the herd

c. : one that is picked

his pick for vice president

3. : the portion of a crop gathered at one time

the first pick of peaches

4. : a screen in basketball

III. noun

Etymology: Middle English pik

Date: 14th century

1. : a heavy wooden-handled iron or steel tool pointed at one or both ends — compare mattock


a. : toothpick

b. : picklock

c. : a small thin piece (as of plastic or metal) used to pluck the strings of a stringed instrument

3. : one of the points on the forepart of the blade of a skate used in figure skating

4. : a comb with long widely spaced teeth used to give height to a hair style


pick 2c


IV. transitive verb

Etymology: Middle English pykken to pitch (a tent); akin to Middle English picchen to pitch

Date: 1523

1. chiefly dialect : to throw or thrust with effort : hurl

2. : to throw (a shuttle) across the loom

V. noun

Date: 1627

1. dialect England

a. : the act of pitching or throwing

b. : something thrown


a. : a throw of the shuttle

b. : a filling thread

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.