Meaning of PICKLE in English

I. ˈpi-kəl noun

Etymology: Middle English pykyl, pekill sauce, gravy, from or akin to Middle Dutch peeckel brine

Date: 15th century

1. : a solution or bath for preserving or cleaning: as

a. : a brine or vinegar solution in which foods are preserved

b. : any of various baths used in industrial cleaning or processing

2. : a difficult situation : plight

could see no way out of the pickle I was in — R. L. Stevenson

3. : an article of food that has been preserved in brine or in vinegar ; specifically : a cucumber that has been so preserved

II. transitive verb

( pick·led ; pick·ling -k(ə-)liŋ)

Date: 1570

1. : to treat, preserve, or clean in or with a pickle

2. : to give a light finish to (as furniture) by bleaching or painting and wiping

III. noun

Etymology: perhaps from Scots pickle to trifle, pilfer

Date: 1552

1. Scottish : grain , kernel

2. Scottish : a small quantity

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