verb (used without object), pic·nicked, pic·nick·ing.
- pickwickian syndrome,
- picnic races,
- pico de aneto,
- pico de são tomé,
- pico de teide
Origin of picnic
Examples from the Web for picnic
The team behind Indochine and Acme is also opening Tijuana Picnic in the LES sometime this month.Who to See and Where to be Seen: The Hot Tips for New York Fashion Week|Barbara Ragghianti|September 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sometimes, when the sun is warm and the wind is relatively calm, we set a blanket down for a picnic.
“The idea is to get out in the open air, have a picnic,” Wrigley said.100 Years of Wrigley Field: Are the Chicago Cubs Horrible Because of the Ballpark?|Luke Epplin|March 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Here, in the back of the café, there was a picnic style table.
Perhaps throwing up your thumbs during a picnic lunch on Serengeti.Miley Cyrus, Walter White, Oprah: Your Pop Culture Halloween Costume Guide|Kevin Fallon|October 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
We did not bring a single letter, but set off exactly as if we were on a picnic.Our Hundred Days in Europe|Oliver Wendell Holmes
The popular method of imbibing the charm of Dunloe is a combination of picnic, al fresco luncheons, and donkey-riding.Romantic Ireland; volume 2/2|M.F and B. McM. Mansfield
A picnic unduly prolonged degenerates rapidly through all the stages of discomfort, and ends in actual hardship.The Island Mystery|George A. Birmingham
Sidney Harrow dropped his pole, and with a half-shriek, ran in the opposite direction, towards the picnic ground.Nelly's First Schooldays|Josephine Franklin
I thought you were going to picnic with us, said Grace flippantly.The Automobile Girls at Palm Beach|Laura Dent Crane
- any informal meal eaten outside
- (as modifier)a picnic lunch
verb -nics, -nicking or -nicked
Word Origin for picnic
1748 (in Chesterfield's "Letters"), but rare before c.1800 as an English institution; originally a fashionable pot-luck social affair, not necessarily out of doors; from French piquenique (1690s), perhaps a reduplication of piquer "to pick, peck," from Old French (see pike (n.2)), or the second element may be nique "worthless thing," from a Germanic source. Figurative sense of "something easy" is from 1886. Picnic table recorded from 1926, originally a folding table.
"go on a picnic," 1842, from picnic (n.). Related: Picnicked; picnicking. The -k- is inserted to preserve the "k" sound of -c- before a suffix beginning in -i-, -y-, or -e- (cf. traffic/trafficking, panic/panicky, shellac/shellacked).
see no picnic.