picnic

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Inflections of 'picnic' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
picnics
v 3rd person singular
picnicking
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
picnicked
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
picnicked
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
pic•nic /ˈpɪknɪk/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  -nicked, -nick•ing. 
n. [countable]
  1. a trip in which food is brought and a meal is shared in the open air.
  2. the food eaten on such an excursion.
  3. Informal Termsan enjoyable experience, task, etc.:[used with negative words or phrases]That three-year hitch in the Army was no picnic.

v. [no object]
  1. to go on or take part in a picnic:We picnicked in that same park every summer.
pic•nick•er, n. [countable]The picnickers were fighting off the ants.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
pic•nic  (piknik),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -nicked, -nick•ing. 
n. 
  1. an excursion or outing in which the participants carry food with them and share a meal in the open air.
  2. the food eaten on such an excursion.
  3. Also called  picnic ham, picnic shoulder. a section of pork shoulder, usually boned, smoked, and weighing 4–6 pounds. Cf.  daisy (def. 2).
  4. Informal Termsan enjoyable experience or time, easy task, etc.:Being laid up in a hospital is no picnic.

v.i. 
  1. to go on or take part in a picnic.
picnick•er, n. 
  • ?
  • French pique-nique, rhyming compound
  • German Pic-nic (now Picknick)
  • 1740–50

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
picnic /ˈpɪknɪk/ n
  1. a trip or excursion to the country, seaside, etc, on which people bring food to be eaten in the open air
  2. any informal meal eaten outside
  3. (as modifier): a picnic lunch
  4. informal chiefly Austral a troublesome situation or experience
  5. no picnicinformal a hard or disagreeable task
vb ( -nics, -nicking, -nicked)
  1. (intransitive) to eat a picnic
Etymology: 18th Century: from French piquenique, of unknown origin

ˈpicnicker n
'picnic' also found in these entries (note: many are not synonyms or translations):
Collocations: sit at a picnic table, [spread out, sit on] a picnic blanket, open (up) a picnic [basket, hamper], more...

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