[ pik-uh ld ]
/ ˈpɪk əld /


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.

Nearby words

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

Origin of pickled

First recorded in 1545–55; pickle1 + -ed2

Related formsun·pick·led, adjective


[ 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

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British Dictionary definitions for pickled


/ (ˈpɪkəld) /


preserved in a pickling liquid
informal intoxicated; drunk


/ (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 pickled
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Idioms and Phrases with pickled


see in a fix (pickle).

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