[ pik-uhl ]
/ ˈpɪk əl /


verb (used with object), pick·led, pick·ling.

Origin of pickle

1400–50; late Middle English pikkyll, pekille < Middle Dutch, Middle Low German pekel (> German Pökel) brine, pickle

Definition for pickle (2 of 2)

[ pik-uh l ]
/ ˈpɪk əl /

noun Scot. and North England.

a single grain or kernel, as of barley or corn.
a small amount; a little.

Origin of pickle

1545–55; perhaps noun use of pickle to take tiny bits of food in eating, frequentative of pick1; see -le
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British Dictionary definitions for pickle

/ (ˈpɪkəl) /


verb (tr)

to preserve in a pickling liquid
to immerse (a metallic object) in a liquid, such as an acid, to remove surface scale

Derived forms of pickle

pickler, noun

Word Origin for pickle

C14: perhaps from Middle Dutch pekel; related to German Pökel brine
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Idioms and Phrases with pickle


see in a fix (pickle).

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