A person who drives vehicles is a "driver"

A person who swims in the water is a "swimmer"

What do you call a person who goes around and picks things up? "pickuper"?

It would be someone who literally grabs a box on the ground and puts it somewhere else (at higher altitude) ie: from the ground to a truck or from the ground to a shelve

An example:

A: I need to pick up these boxes
B: The pickuper will do it for you

  • ...a probationer? Commented Jan 23, 2019 at 19:46
  • that's some who is in probation or who has a job and is trained or is on trial, i'm talking about someone who literally grab something and pick it up Commented Jan 23, 2019 at 19:49
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    it was a joke: people who are out on probation are sometimes told to do a certain amount of litter-pickin'. Your question is very unclear: does this figurative person pick up lots of things, or are they an occasional picker-upper? BTW, From the SWR tag: "This tag is for questions seeking a single word that fits a meaning. To ensure that your question is not closed as off-topic, please be specific about the intended use of the word. YOU MUST INCLUDE A SAMPLE SENTENCE " Commented Jan 23, 2019 at 20:01
  • Are you talking about a picker in a warehouse, or a loader at a loading dock? Or maybe a stockboy? Commented Jan 23, 2019 at 20:05
  • Not exactly a picker in a warehouse, but someone really close to that Commented Jan 23, 2019 at 20:07

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What about picker-up? Similarly passer-by or hanger-on


  • or simply picker Commented Jan 23, 2019 at 19:50
  • I think that a picker is someone who "select" things, and not someone who "lifting things from the floor", but I see that "picker" it's used in some places Commented Jan 23, 2019 at 19:52
  • 'Picker-up' from 1670, 'picker-upper' from 1913.
    – JEL
    Commented Jan 25, 2019 at 8:41



noun 1. a person or thing that loads.

Example: "The truck loaders will be here in half an hour."


In the context of your sample sentence, collector would work. "The (box) collector" will do it for you. A "garbage collector" does exactly that.

Collector: "A person who collects things of a specified type." new Oxford American Dictionary.



  1. a company or employee of a company that transports commercial packages and documents.


  1. a person or company that undertakes the professional conveyance of goods or people

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