gherkin

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From earlier Dutch gurken (small pickled cucumber), shortened form of Saterland Frisian augurk, perhaps from Byzantine Greek ἀγγούριον (angoúrion, cucumber), equivalent to gher +‎ -kin, or alternatively as plural gherk +‎ -en[1].

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Noun[edit]

gherkin (plural gherkins)

  1. A small cucumber, often pickled whole.
  2. (slang) The penis.
    • 2008, E. Lockhart, Fly on the Wall:
      “Even my gherkin is sorry, and it didn't talk shit about anybody," persists Adrian. The edge of Titus's mouth quivers in laughter.
    • 2010, Niobia Bryant, Live and Learn:
      “Yes, daddy,” I moaned, lying big-time as his finger played in my sudsy pussy. “Say please,” he ordered, taking my hand to circle around his gherkin.
    • 2011, James Herbert Edwards, The Guardian Projects: Book Two, page 241:
      His gherkin was doing the tent dance, and he couldn't have been prouder.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ gherkin” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2017.

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