pickled

[ pik-uh ld ]
/ ˈpɪk əld /

adjective

preserved or steeped in brine or other liquid.
Slang. drunk; intoxicated.
(of wood) given an antique appearance by applying and partly removing paint or by bleaching.

Origin of pickled

First recorded in 1545–55; pickle1 + -ed2

Related forms

un·pick·led, adjective

Definition for pickled (2 of 2)

pickle

1
[ pik-uhl ]
/ ˈpɪk əl /

noun


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

Origin of pickle

1
1400–50; late Middle English pikkyll, pekille < Middle Dutch, Middle Low German pekel (> German Pökel) brine, pickle
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British Dictionary definitions for pickled (1 of 2)

pickled

/ (ˈpɪkəld) /

adjective

preserved in a pickling liquid
informal intoxicated; drunk

British Dictionary definitions for pickled (2 of 2)

pickle

/ (ˈpɪkəl) /

noun


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

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 pickled

pickle

see in a fix (pickle).


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