(third-person singular simple present pickles, present participle pickling, simple past and past participle pickled)
- To preserve food in a salt, sugar or vinegar solution.
- We pickled the remainder of the crop.
- To remove high-temperature scale and oxidation from metal with heated (often sulphuric) industrial acid.
- The crew will pickle the fittings in the morning.
- (programming) (in the Python programming language) To serialize.
From Middle English pikel, pykyl, pekille, pigell (“spicy sauce served with meat or fish"), from Middle Dutch pekel (“brine"). Cognate with Scots pikkill (“salt liquor, brine"), Eastern Frisian pekel, pÃ¤kel (“pickle, brine"), Dutch pekel (“pickle, brine"), Low German pekel, peckel, pickel, bickel (“pickle, brine"), German PÃ¶kel (“pickle, brine").
Perhaps from Scottish pickle 'to trifle, pilfer'