The presence of this biding thing did not affect the man with the same horror that it would if he had been a picnicker.
There were springboards there for diving, and traces of the picnicker were everywhere.
And then with surprising unanimity, each 98 picnicker from Aunt Abigail down, declared herself on the verge of starvation.
But the animal we most fear, indeed the most destructive animal that ever enters the woods, is the picnicker.
1748 (in Chesterfield's "Letters"), but rare before c.1800 as an English institution; originally a fashionable pot-luck social affair, not necessarily out of doors; from French piquenique (1690s), perhaps a reduplication of piquer "to pick, peck," from Old French (see pike (n.2)), or the second element may be nique "worthless thing," from a Germanic source. Figurative sense of "something easy" is from 1886. Picnic table recorded from 1926, originally a folding table.
"go on a picnic," 1842, from picnic (n.). Related: Picnicked; picnicking. The -k- is inserted to preserve the "k" sound of -c- before a suffix beginning in -i-, -y-, or -e- (cf. traffic/trafficking, panic/panicky, shellac/shellacked).