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Meaning of PICKLE

Pronunciation:  'pikul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  vegetables (especially cucumbers) preserved in brine or vinegar
  2. [n]  informal terms for a difficult situation; "he got into a terrible fix"; "he made a muddle of his marriage"
  3. [v]  preserve in a pickling liquid; as of vegetables

PICKLE is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: fix, hole, jam, kettle of fish, mess, muddle
 See Also: caper, difficulty, dill pickle, dog's breakfast, dog's dinner, gherkin, keep, preserve, relish, sweet pickle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pic"kle\, n. [Obs.]
    See {Picle}.
  2. \Pic"kle\, n. [Cf. D. pekel. Probably a dim. fr. {Pick},
    v. t., alluding to the cleaning of the fish.]
       (a) A solution of salt and water, in which fish, meat,
           etc., may be preserved or corned; brine.
       (b) Vinegar, plain or spiced, used for preserving
           vegetables, fish, eggs, oysters, etc.
    2. Any article of food which has been preserved in brine or
       in vinegar.
    3. (Founding) 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 color.
    4. A troublesome child; as, a little pickle. [Colloq.]
    {To be in a pickle}, to be in disagreeable position; to be in
       a condition of embarrassment, difficulty, or disorder.
       ``How cam'st thou in this pickle?'' --Shak.
    {To put a rod in pickle}, to prepare a particular reproof,
       punishment, or penalty for future application.
  3. \Pic"kle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pickled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To preserve or season in pickle; to treat with some kind
       of pickle; as, to pickle herrings or cucumbers.
    2. To give an antique appearance to; -- said of copies or
       imitations of paintings by the old masters.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a pickle in your dream means some anxiety, fear or realization that you will be in trouble. Alternatively, a pickle may be seen as a symbol for the penis. Sexual messages from the unconscious are usually disguised in symbols.
Thesaurus Terms
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