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picnic

[pik-nik]
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noun
  1. an excursion or outing in which the participants carry food with them and share a meal in the open air.
  2. the food eaten on such an excursion.
  3. Also called picnic ham, picnic shoulder. a section of pork shoulder, usually boned, smoked, and weighing 4–6 pounds.Compare daisy(def 2).
  4. Informal. an enjoyable experience or time, easy task, etc.: Being laid up in a hospital is no picnic.
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verb (used without object), pic·nicked, pic·nick·ing.
  1. 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 < ?
Related formspic·nick·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for picnicker

Historical Examples

  • There were springboards there for diving, and traces of the picnicker were everywhere.

    Four Americans

    Henry A. Beers

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

    Camps and Trails

    Henry Abbott

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

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for picnicker

picnic

noun
  1. 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
  2. informal, mainly Australian a troublesome situation or experience
  3. no picnic informal a hard or disagreeable task
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verb -nics, -nicking or -nicked
  1. (intr) to eat a picnic
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Derived Formspicnicker, noun

Word Origin

C18: from French piquenique, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for picnicker

picnic

n.

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.

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picnic

v.

"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).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with picnicker

picnic

see no picnic.

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