Etymology
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pickup (n.)

also pick-up, "that which is picked up," 1848; see pick up (v.). As "act of picking up" from 1882. Meaning "capacity for acceleration" is from 1909; that of "recovery" is from 1916. In reference to a game between informal teams chosen on the spot, from 1905; as an adjective, "composed of such things as are immediately available," by 1859.

Meaning "small truck used for light loads," 1937, is shortened from pickup truck (pickup body is attested from 1928). The notion probably being of a vehicle for use to "pick up" (feed, lumber, etc.) and deliver it where it was wanted.

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Definitions of pickup

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