pickled

[pik-uhld]
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:
1545–55; pickle1 + -ed2

unpickled, adjective
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pickle

1 [pik-uhl]
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


6. plight, quandary; fix, bind, scrape, jam.
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pickle (ˈpɪkəl)
 
n
1.  (often plural) 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.  chiefly (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.  informal (Brit) a mischievous child
 
vb
7.  to preserve in a pickling liquid
8.  to immerse (a metallic object) in a liquid, such as an acid, to remove surface scale
 
[C14: perhaps from Middle Dutch pekel; related to German Pökel brine]
 
'pickler
 
n

pickled (ˈpɪkəld)
 
adj
1.  preserved in a pickling liquid
2.  informal intoxicated; drunk

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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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Example sentences
Brats chopped and mixed with pickled purple cabbage and onion.
There she often encountered doctors working on pickled human remains.
And she creates sushi with local ingredients such as smoked duck and pickled
  okra.
Serve with soy sauce, pickled ginger, and remaining wasabi paste.
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