In the midst of this we remembered that we ought to be looking for the rest of the picnickers.
It had taken a long time for concern to spread among the picnickers.
There had been a picnic that day, and an excursion-train, he knew, left at half-past seven to fetch the picnickers home.
For some time the picnickers pursued their way in solemn silence.
From the rocks the picnickers waved white handkerchiefs and called to them.
All at once the picnickers were startled by a howl of rage from Colonel Witham.
Park-like it was, with a kind of cockney ruralness further endorsed by the waste papers and rifled tins of picnickers.
The wagon was smashed, and the picnickers fled in all directions.
Once in their rooms the drooping spirits of the picnickers revived, somewhat.
This was a little too much for the patience of the two picnickers.
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).