- Pickle is defined as a vegetable, usually a cucumber, that has been soaked in a mixture with vinegar.
An example of a pickle is the sour slice of cucumber on a sandwich.
- The definition of a pickle is an awkward or difficult situation.
An example of a pickle is needing to help two friends, but only having time to help one.
- To pickle is to preserve a food in a salty or vinegar-based liquid.
An example of pickle is to put cucumbers into a jar with a vinegar and spice liquid.
- any brine, vinegar, or spicy solution used to preserve or marinate food
- a vegetable, specif. a cucumber, preserved in such a solution
- a chemical bath used to clear metal of scale, preserve wood, etc.
- Informal an awkward or difficult situation; plight
Origin of pickleMiddle English pikil ; from Middle Dutch pekel ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps picken, to prick, in sense “that which pricks, or is piquant”
- An edible product, such as a cucumber, that has been preserved and flavored in a solution of brine or vinegar.
- A solution of brine or vinegar, often spiced, for preserving and flavoring food.
- A chemical solution, such as an acid, that is used as a bath to remove scale and oxides from the surface of metals before plating or finishing.
- Informal A disagreeable or troublesome situation; a plight. See Synonyms at predicament.
- Baseball A rundown.
transitive verbpick·led, pick·ling, pick·les
- To preserve or flavor (food) in a solution of brine or vinegar.
- To treat (metal) in a chemical bath.
Origin of pickleMiddle English pikle, highly seasoned sauce, probably from Middle Dutch pekel, pickle, brine; perhaps akin to Middle Dutch peken, to prick, pierce, and English pick1.
- A cucumber preserved in a solution, usually a brine or a vinegar syrup.
- A pickle goes well with a hamburger.
- (Often in plural: pickles), any vegetable preserved in vinegar and consumed as relish.
- The brine used for preserving food.
- This tub is filled with the pickle that we will put the small cucumbers into.
- A difficult situation, peril.
- The climber found himself in a pickle when one of the rocks broke off.
- An affectionate term for a mildly mischievous loved one
- (baseball) A rundown.
- Jones was caught in a pickle between second and third.
- A children’s game with three participants that emulates a baseball rundown
- The boys played pickle in the front yard for an hour.
- (slang) A penis.
- (slang) A pipe for smoking methamphetamine.
- Load some shards in that pickle.
- (metalworking) A bath of dilute sulphuric or nitric acid, etc., to remove burnt sand, scale, rust, etc., from the surface of castings, or other articles of metal, or to brighten them or improve their colour.
(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, päkel (“pickle, brine”), Dutch pekel (“pickle, brine”), Low German pekel, peckel, pickel, bickel (“pickle, brine”), German Pökel (“pickle, brine”).
Perhaps from Scottish pickle 'to trifle, pilfer'