- Inflections of 'pickle' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
- v 3rd person singular
- v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
- v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
- v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
pick•le1 /ˈpɪkəl/USA pronunciation
n., v., -led, -ling. n.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
v. [~ + object]
- Fooda vegetable, esp. a cucumber, that has been preserved and flavored in brine or vinegar: [countable]a jar of sweet dill pickles.[uncountable]relish made of pickle.
- [uncountable] a liquid prepared with salt or vinegar, for preserving or flavoring meat, etc.;
brine or marinade.
- Informal Terms a troublesome situation;
a difficulty:[countable; usually singular;usually: a + ~]We're in a pickle now, surrounded by woods.
- Foodto preserve or soak in brine or other liquid.
(pik′əl),USA pronunciation n., v., -led, -ling. n.
- Fooda cucumber that has been preserved in brine, vinegar, or the like.
- Often, pickles. any other vegetable, as cauliflower, celery, etc., preserved in vinegar and eaten as a relish.
- something preserved in a brine or marinade.
- a liquid usually prepared with salt or vinegar for preserving or flavoring fish, meat, vegetables, etc.;
brine or marinade.
- Metallurgyan acid or other chemical solution in which metal objects are dipped to remove oxide scale or other adhering substances.
- Informal Termsa troublesome or awkward situation;
predicament:I was in a pickle after the check bounced.
- Informal Termsa sour, disagreeable person.
- Foodto preserve or steep in brine or other liquid.
- to treat with a chemical solution, as for the purpose of cleaning.
- to give a pale, streaked finish to (wood) by applying and partly removing paint or by bleaching, as to give an appearance of age.
- Slang Termsto store;
prepare for long-range storage:Let's pickle these old cars for a few years.
- Middle Dutch, Middle Low German pekel ( German Pökel) brine, pickle
- late Middle English pikkyll, pekille 1400–50
(pik′əl),USA pronunciation n. [Scot. and North Eng.]
- 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged plight, quandary;
fix, bind, scrape, jam.
- Scottish Termsa single grain or kernel, as of barley or corn.
- Scottish Termsa small amount;
- 1545–55; perh. noun, nominal use of pickle to take tiny bits of food in eating, frequentative of pick1; see -le
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
pickle /ˈpɪkəl/ n
- (often plural) vegetables, such as cauliflowers, onions, etc, preserved in vinegar, brine, etc
- any food preserved in this way
- a liquid or marinade, such as spiced vinegar, for preserving vegetables, meat, fish, etc
- chiefly US Canadian a cucumber that has been preserved and flavoured in a pickling solution, such as brine or vinegar
- informal an awkward or difficult situation: to be in a pickle
- Brit informal a mischievous child
Etymology: 14th Century: perhaps from Middle Dutch pekel; related to German Pökel brineˈpickler n
- to preserve in a pickling liquid
- to immerse (a metallic object) in a liquid, such as an acid, to remove surface scale
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