an excursion or outing in which the participants carry food with them and share a meal in the open air.
the food eaten on such an excursion.
Also called picnic ham, picnic shoulder. a section of pork shoulder, usually boned, smoked, and weighing 4–6 pounds. Compare daisy ( def 2 ).
Informal. an enjoyable experience or time, easy task, etc.: Being laid up in a hospital is no picnic.
verb (used without object), picnicked, picnicking.
to go on or take part in a picnic.

1740–50; < German Pic-nic (now Picknick) < French pique-nique, rhyming compound < ?

picnicker, noun
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picnic (ˈpɪknɪk)
1.  a trip or excursion to the country, seaside, etc, on which people bring food to be eaten in the open air
2.  a.  any informal meal eaten outside
 b.  (as modifier): a picnic lunch
3.  informal chiefly (Austral) a troublesome situation or experience
4.  informal no picnic a hard or disagreeable task
vb , -nics, -nicking, -nicked
5.  (intr) to eat a picnic
[C18: from French piquenique, of unknown origin]

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1748 (in Chesterfield's "Letters"), but rare before c.1800 as an Eng. institution, from Fr. piquenique (1692), perhaps a reduplication of piquer "to pick, peck," from O.Fr. (see pike (2)), or the second element may be nique "worthless thing," from a Gmc. source. Originally
a fashionable pot-luck social affair, not necessarily out of doors. Figurative sense of "something easy" is from 1886.
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