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pickled

[pik-uh ld] /ˈpɪk əld/
adjective
1.
preserved or steeped in brine or other liquid.
2.
Slang. drunk; intoxicated.
3.
(of wood) given an antique appearance by applying and partly removing paint or by bleaching.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; pickle1 + -ed2
Related forms
unpickled, adjective

pickle1

[pik-uh l] /ˈpɪk əl/
noun
1.
a cucumber that has been preserved in brine, vinegar, or the like.
2.
Often, pickles. any other vegetable, as cauliflower, celery, etc., preserved in vinegar and eaten as a relish.
3.
something preserved in a brine or marinade.
4.
a liquid usually prepared with salt or vinegar for preserving or flavoring fish, meat, vegetables, etc.; brine or marinade.
5.
Metallurgy. an acid or other chemical solution in which metal objects are dipped to remove oxide scale or other adhering substances.
6.
Informal. a troublesome or awkward situation; predicament:
I was in a pickle after the check bounced.
7.
Informal. a sour, disagreeable person.
verb (used with object), pickled, pickling.
8.
to preserve or steep in brine or other liquid.
9.
to treat with a chemical solution, as for the purpose of cleaning.
10.
to give a pale, streaked finish to (wood) by applying and partly removing paint or by bleaching, as to give an appearance of age.
11.
Slang. to store; prepare for long-range storage:
Let's pickle these old cars for a few years.
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English pikkyll, pekille < Middle Dutch, Middle Low German pekel (> German Pökel) brine, pickle
Synonyms
6. plight, quandary; fix, bind, scrape, jam.
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Examples for pickled
  • Brats chopped and mixed with pickled purple cabbage and onion.
  • There she often encountered doctors working on pickled human remains.
  • The collector who has paid millions for a plain-coloured canvas or a pickled sheep probably really does think it is beautiful.
  • Residents have opened their jars of pickled vegetables, usually reserved for the winter.
  • But pubs, despite a pickled tendency, are also mirrors of their times.
  • And she creates sushi with local ingredients such as smoked duck and pickled okra.
  • Serve with soy sauce, pickled ginger, and remaining wasabi paste.
  • Deviled duck eggs and pickled quail eggs, for starters.
  • The shrimp is pickled in a gently tangy spice mixture for a subtle play of flavors.
  • Out came the salad-crabmeat mixed into chopped iceberg lettuce, harsh white vinegar, and powerfully pickled vegetables.
British Dictionary definitions for pickled

pickled

/ˈpɪkəld/
adjective
1.
preserved in a pickling liquid
2.
(informal) intoxicated; drunk

pickle

/ˈpɪkəl/
noun
1.
(often pl) vegetables, such as cauliflowers, onions, etc, preserved in vinegar, brine, etc
2.
any food preserved in this way
3.
a liquid or marinade, such as spiced vinegar, for preserving vegetables, meat, fish, etc
4.
(mainly US & Canadian) a cucumber that has been preserved and flavoured in a pickling solution, such as brine or vinegar
5.
(informal) an awkward or difficult situation to be in a pickle
6.
(Brit, informal) a mischievous child
verb (transitive)
7.
to preserve in a pickling liquid
8.
to immerse (a metallic object) in a liquid, such as an acid, to remove surface scale
Derived Forms
pickler, noun
Word Origin
C14: perhaps from Middle Dutch pekel; related to German Pökel brine
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Word Origin and History for pickled
pickle
c.1440, probably from M.Du. pekel "pickle, brine," from a Low Ger. root of uncertain origin or meaning (cf. Du. pekel, E.Fris. päkel, Ger. pökel). Originally a sauce served with meat or fowl; meaning "cucumber preserved in pickle" first recorded 1707. Figurative sense of "sorry plight" first recorded 1562.
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Slang definitions & phrases for pickled

pickled

adjective

Drunk; soused (1842+)


pickle

noun
  1. (also picklement) A parlous situation; predicament; dilemma: I was in a sad pickle when I lost my job (1609+)
  2. A torpedo (WWII Navy)
  3. A bullet: He fired six pickles at the knob (1940s+)
verb phrase

To hit the ball very hard (1908+ Baseball)

verb

To ruin; wreck: This will promptly pickle her college chances (1950s+)

[first noun sense fr 1500s British slang in a pickle and may refer to the situation of a mouse fallen into a pickling vat; picklement is a handy echo of predicament]


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