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Etymology 1 [ edit ]
Middle English , pikel , pykyl , pekille pigell ( “ spicy sauce served with meat or fish ” ), from pekel ( “ brine ” ). Cognate with Scots pikkill ( “ salt liquor, brine ” ), Saterland Frisian , pekel päkel ( “ pickle, brine ” ), Dutch pekel ( “ pickle, brine ” ), Low German , pekel , peckel , pickel bickel ( “ pickle, brine ” ), German Pökel ( “ pickle, brine ” ).
Alternative forms [ edit ]
pickle ( plural )
cucumber preserved in a solution, usually a brine or a vinegar syrup.
A pickle goes well with a hamburger.
( often in the plural ) Any vegetable preserved in vinegar and consumed as relish. The
brine used for preserving food.
This tub is filled with the pickle that we will put the small cucumbers into.
( informal ) A difficult situation; peril.
The climber found himself in a pickle when one of the rocks broke off.
( affectionate ) A mildly mischievous loved one.
1867, Polly Stubbs, Nursery times; or, Stories about the little ones, by an old nurse, page 143: by degrees my little pickle (who, as I told you at the beginning of the story, was the most troublesome child I ever came across) turned into a very well-behaved young gentleman.
1885, Eleanor A. Bulley, Great Britain for little Britons, page 116: ... If you could get my little pickle to learn his multiplication table before you leave us, you shall have that musical box to take home with you. 1965, Eric Malpass, Morning's at seven, page 43: 'And now,' she said, 'what about that kiss my little pickle was going to give his old Auntie?'
( baseball ) A rundown.
Jones was caught in a pickle between second and third. A children’s game with three participants that emulates a baseball
The boys played pickle in the front yard for an hour.
( slang ) A penis.
( slang ) A pipe for smoking methamphetamine.
Load some shards in that pickle.
( metalworking ) A bath of dilute sulphuric or nitric acid, etc., to remove burnt sand, scale, rust, etc., from the surface of castings, or other articles of metal, or to brighten them or improve their colour. In an optical landing system, the hand-held controller connected to the lens, or apparatus on which the lights are mounted.
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Translations [ edit ]
cucumber preserved in brine or vinegar syrup
مُخَلَّل m ( muḵallal ) Armenian:
թթու վարունգ ( tʿtʿu varung ) Chinese:
酸瓜 ( syun 1 gwaa 1 ), , 醃青瓜 腌青瓜 ( jip 3 ceng 1 gwaa 1 ) Mandarin: 醃黃瓜 , (zh) 腌黄瓜 (zh) ( yānhuángguā ) Czech:
okurka nakládačka , f kyselá okurka f Dutch: (ingemaakte)
augurk (nl) Finnish:
maustekurkku ( (fi) in vinegar), suolakurkku ( (fi) in brine), kurkku ( (fi) general) French:
cornichon (fr) m Georgian:
მწნილი ( mc̣nili ) German:
eingelegte Gurke , f saure Gurke , f Essiggurke (de) f ( vinegar ), Gewürzgurke (de) f Hebrew:
מלפפון חמוץ (he) m Ido:
cetriolino (it) , m cetriolo sottaceto , m cetriolino sottaceto m Japanese: 漬物 ( つけもの, tsukemono ), 漬け物 ( つけもの, tsukemono ), ピクルス ( ぴくるす, pikurusu )
절임 ( jeorim ), 피클 ( pikeul ) Macedonian:
корнишо́н m ( kornišón ), кисела краставичка f ( kisela krastavička ) Mongolian:
даршилсан ногоо ( daršilsan nogoo ) Navajo:
, naayízí díkʼǫ́zhí taʼneeskʼánítsʼózí díkʼǫ́zhígíí Norwegian:
sylteagurk m Persian:
خیارشور ( xiyâr-šur ) Polish:
ogórek kiszony Portuguese:
picles (pt) m Romanian:
castravete murat m Russian:
солёный огуре́ц m ( soljónyj oguréc ), ки́слый огуре́ц m ( kíslyj oguréc ), ква́шеный огуре́ц m ( kvášenyj oguréc ), корнишо́н (ru) m ( kornišón ) ( gherkin ) Serbo-Croatian:
кисели краставац m Roman: kiseli krastavac m Spanish:
, inläggning , inlagd , saltgurka ättiksgurka Turkish:
turşu , (tr) kornişon , (tr) salatalık turşusu Ukrainian: ква́шений огіро́к m ( kvášenyj ohirók )
any vegetable preserved in vinegar and consumed as relish
թթու (hy) ( tʿtʿu ), թթու դրած բանջարեղեն ( tʿtʿu drac banǰarełen ) Catalan:
conserva (ca) , f envinagrat m Chinese:
, 醃菜 腌菜 ( jim 1 coi 3 ), , 鹹菜 咸菜 ( haam 4 coi 3 ), 泡菜 ( paau 3 coi 3 ) Mandarin:
醃菜 , (zh) 腌菜 (zh) ( yāncài ), 鹹菜 , (zh) 咸菜 (zh) ( xiáncài ), 泡菜 (zh) ( pàocài ) Min Nan: 鹹菜 , (zh-min-nan) 咸菜 ( kiâm-chhài ) Dutch:
pickles pl Finnish:
pickles (fr) pl German:
eingelegtes Gemüse n Greek:
τουρσί (el) n ( toursí ) Ido:
piklo (io) Italian:
sottaceti m pl Japanese:
酢漬け ( すづけ, suzuke ) Macedonian: туршија f ( turšija )
brine used for preserving food
affectionate term for a loved one
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See also [ edit ]
pickle ( third-person singular simple present , pickles present participle , pickling simple past and past participle )
( transitive , ergative ) To preserve food in a salt, sugar or vinegar solution.
We pickled the remainder of the crop. These cucumbers pickle very well.
( transitive ) To remove high-temperature scale and oxidation from metal with heated (often sulphuric) industrial acid.
The crew will pickle the fittings in the morning. ( programming ) ( in the Python programming language ) To serialize.
2005, Peter Norton et al, Beginning Python
You can now restore the pickled data. If you like, close your Python interpreter and open a new instance, to convince yourself [… ] 2008, Marty Alchin, Pro Django
To illustrate how this would work in practice, consider a field designed to store and retrieve a pickled copy of any arbitrary Python object.
Derived terms [ edit ]
Translations [ edit ]
to preserve food in a salt, sugar or vinegar solution
թթու դնել (hy) ( tʿtʿu dnel ) Chinese:
, 醃菜 腌菜 ( jip 3 coi 3 ) Mandarin: 腌菜 (zh) ( yāncài ) (traditional also: 醃菜 ), (zh) 鹹菜 , (zh) 咸菜 (zh) ( xiáncài ), 泡菜 (zh) ( pàocài ), 腌 (zh) ( yān ) Dutch:
inmaken , (brine only) (nl) pekelen Esperanto:
suolata , (fi) säilöä , (fi) säilöä etikkaliemeen French:
saler (fr) German:
einlegen , (de) pökeln (de) Japanese:
漬ける (ja) ( つける, tsukeru ) Latvian: skābēt (lv)
Python programming language: to serialize
Etymology 2 [ edit ]
Perhaps from Scottish
pickle, apparently from + pick -le (diminutive suffix ). Compare Scots .
pickle ( plural )
( Northern England , Scotland ) A kernel; a grain (of salt, sugar, etc.) ( Northern England , Scotland ) A small or indefinite quantity or amount (of something); a little, a bit, a few. Usually in partitive construction, frequently without "of"; a single grain or kernel of wheat, barley, oats, sand or dust.
Robert Louis Stevenson, Thrawn Janet
[… ] ill things are like guid—they baith come bit by bit, a pickle at a time [… ]
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