verb (used with object), pick·led, pick·ling.
Origin of pickle1
Synonyms for pickle
Related Words for picklingbox, predicament, dilemma, bind, fix, spot, quandary, scrape, difficulty, jam, corner, hole, disorder, souse, salt, keep, cure, can, steep, marinade
Examples from the Web for pickling
Historical Examples of pickling
We eat them in quantities; pickling, preserving, and drying them sometimes.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
The hams and shoulders being cut off, take for pickling the quantities proportioned to the middlings of a pretty large hog.
A method of pickling fish by immersing them in vinegar after being boiled.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
The principal means of preserving them before then was by pickling.The Bounty of the Chesapeake
It is sometimes used as a preserve, and by some is esteemed for pickling.The Field and Garden Vegetables of America
Word Origin for pickle
c.1400, probably from Middle Dutch pekel "pickle, brine," or related words in Low German and East Frisian (cf. Dutch pekel, East Frisian päkel, German pökel), of uncertain origin or original meaning. Klein suggests the name of a medieval Dutch fisherman who developed the process. Originally a sauce served with meat or fowl; meaning "cucumber preserved in pickle" first recorded 1707, via use of the word for the salty liquid in which meat, etc. was preserved (c.1500). Figurative sense of "sorry plight" first recorded 1560s, from the time when the word still meant a sauce served on meat about to be eaten. Meaning "troublesome boy" is from 1788, perhaps from the notion of being "imbued" with roguery.
see in a fix (pickle).