Meaning of PICKLE in English

n. & v.


1. a (often in pl.) food, esp. vegetables, preserved in brine, vinegar, mustard, etc. and used as a relish. b the brine, vinegar, etc. in which food is preserved.

2 colloq. a plight (a fine pickle we are in!).

3 Brit. colloq. a mischievous child.

4 an acid solution for cleaning metal etc.


1. preserve in pickle.

2 treat with pickle.

3 (as pickled adj.) sl. drunk.

Etymology: ME pekille, pykyl, f. MDu., MLG pekel, of unkn. orig.

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.