[ pik-uhl ]
/ ˈpɪk əl /


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

Nearby words

  1. pickford,
  2. pickford, mary,
  3. pickin,
  4. picking,
  5. pickings,
  6. pickled,
  7. pickleworm,
  8. picklock,
  9. pickpocket,
  10. pickproof

Origin of pickle

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


[ 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 Formspickler, noun

Word Origin for pickle

C14: perhaps from Middle Dutch pekel; related to German Pökel brine

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Word Origin and History for pickle
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Idioms and Phrases with pickle


see in a fix (pickle).

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