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  • IPA(key): /pɪkt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪkt



  1. simple past and past participle of pick


picked (comparative more picked, superlative most picked)

  1. (often in combinations) Having a pick, or a particular number/type of pick (in any sense of the word)
  2. Chosen; selected.
  3. (music) Played by picking the strings
  4. (zoology, of fishes) Having a pike or spine on the back.
    the picked dogfish
  5. (obsolete) fine; spruce; smart; precise; dainty
  6. (obsolete) pointed; sharp
    • [1611?], Homer, “(please specify |book=I to XXIV)”, in Geo[rge] Chapman, transl., The Iliads of Homer Prince of Poets. [], London: [] Nathaniell Butter, →OCLC; republished as The Iliads of Homer, Prince of Poets, [], new edition, volumes (please specify the book number), London: Charles Knight and Co., [], 1843, →OCLC:
      [] an useful bow a skilful bowyer wrought, / Which picked and polished both the ends he hid with horns of gold.
      The spelling has been modernized.
    • 1707, J[ohn] Mortimer, The Whole Art of Husbandry; or, The Way of Managing and Improving of Land. [], 2nd edition, London: [] J[ohn] H[umphreys] for H[enry] Mortlock [], and J[onathan] Robinson [], published 1708, →OCLC:
      A very good way to take them, is to drive a stake into the ground about four foot high above the surface of the earth: Let the stake be made picked at the top, that the jay may not settle on it.

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