Pickle Definition

pĭkəl
pickled, pickles, pickling
noun
pickles
A cucumber preserved in such a solution.
Webster's New World
Any brine, vinegar, or spicy solution used to preserve or marinate food.
Webster's New World
A chemical bath used to clear metal of scale, preserve wood, etc.
Webster's New World
An awkward or difficult situation; plight.
Webster's New World
A rundown.
American Heritage
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verb
pickled, pickles, pickling
To treat with or preserve in a pickle solution.
Webster's New World
To treat (metal) in a chemical bath.
American Heritage
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.
YourDictionary

To remove high-temperature scale and oxidation from metal with heated (often sulphuric) industrial acid.

The crew will pickle the fittings in the morning.
Wiktionary

(programming) (in the Python programming language) To serialize.

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Other Word Forms of Pickle

Noun

Singular:
pickle
Plural:
pickles

Origin of Pickle

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English pikle highly seasoned sauce probably from Middle Dutch pekel pickle, brine perhaps akin to Middle Dutch peken to prick, pierce and English pick

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Perhaps from Scottish pickle 'to trifle, pilfer'

    From Wiktionary

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