picnic

[ pik-nik ]
/ ˈpɪk nɪk /

noun

an excursion or outing in which the participants carry food with them and share a meal in the open air.
the food eaten on such an excursion.
Also called picnic ham, picnic shoulder. a section of pork shoulder, usually boned, smoked, and weighing 4–6 pounds.Compare daisy(def 2).
Informal. an enjoyable experience or time, easy task, etc.: Being laid up in a hospital is no picnic.

verb (used without object), pic·nicked, pic·nick·ing.

to go on or take part in a picnic.

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Origin of picnic

1740–50; < German Pic-nic (now Picknick) < French pique-nique, rhyming compound < ?

OTHER WORDS FROM picnic

pic·nick·er, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for picnicker

  • But the animal we most fear, indeed the most destructive animal that ever enters the woods, is the picnicker.

    Camps and Trails|Henry Abbott
  • And then with surprising unanimity, each 98 picnicker from Aunt Abigail down, declared herself on the verge of starvation.

    Peggy Raymond's Vacation|Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith
  • There were springboards there for diving, and traces of the picnicker were everywhere.

    Four Americans|Henry A. Beers
  • The presence of this biding thing did not affect the man with the same horror that it would if he had been a picnicker.

British Dictionary definitions for picnicker

picnic
/ (ˈpɪknɪk) /

noun

a trip or excursion to the country, seaside, etc, on which people bring food to be eaten in the open air
  1. any informal meal eaten outside
  2. (as modifier)a picnic lunch
informal, mainly Australian a troublesome situation or experience
no picnic informal a hard or disagreeable task

verb -nics, -nicking or -nicked

(intr) to eat a picnic

Derived forms of picnic

picnicker, noun

Word Origin for picnic

C18: from French piquenique, of unknown origin
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Idioms and Phrases with picnicker

picnic

see no picnic.

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