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Dictionary Definition



1 a light truck with an open body and low sides and a tailboard [syn: pickup truck]
2 a warrant to take someone into custody; "put out a pickup on that man"
3 anything with restorative powers; "she needed the pickup that coffee always gave her" [syn: pick-me-up]
4 a casual acquaintance; often made in hope of sexual relationships
5 the attribute of being capable of rapid acceleration; "his car has a lot of pickup" [syn: getaway]
6 mechanical device consisting of a light balanced arm that carries the cartridge [syn: tone arm, pickup arm]
7 an electro-acoustic transducer that is the part of the arm of a record player that holds the needle and that is removable [syn: cartridge]
8 the act or process of picking up or collecting from various places; "garbage pickup is on Mondays and Thursdays"
9 the act of taking aboard passengers or freight

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A shortened form of pickup truck.
  2. Impromptu or ad hoc, especially of sports games.
    At lunch we had a game of pickup hockey.
  3. Alternative spelling of pick up.

Extensive Definition

Pickup or pick-up may refer to:
pickup in Danish: Pickup
pickup in German: Pickup
pickup in Spanish: Pick-Up (desambiguación)
pickup in French: Pick up
pickup in Korean: 픽업
pickup in Italian: Pick-up
pickup in Dutch: Pick-up
pickup in Japanese: ピックアップ
pickup in Norwegian: Pickup
pickup in Polish: Pick-up
pickup in Sicilian: Pick-up
pickup in Simple English: Pickup
pickup in Swedish: Pickup (olika betydelser)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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