What does pickle mean?

Definitions for pickle
ˈpɪk əlpick·le

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word pickle.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. picklenoun

    vegetables (especially cucumbers) preserved in brine or vinegar

  2. fix, hole, jam, mess, muddle, pickle, kettle of fishverb

    informal terms for a difficult situation

    "he got into a terrible fix"; "he made a muddle of his marriage"

  3. pickleverb

    preserve in a pickling liquid

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Picklenoun

    Etymology: pekel, Dutch.

    Thou shalt be whipt with wire, and stew’d in brine,
    Smarting in lingring pickle. William Shakespeare.

    Some fish are gutted, split and kept in pickle; as whiting and mackerel. Richard Carew, Survey of Cornwall.

    He instructs his friends that dine with him in the best pickle for a walnut. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 482.

    A third sort of antiscorbuticks are called astringent; as capers, and most of the common pickles prepared with vinegar. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    How cam’st thou in this pickle? William Shakespeare.

    A physician undertakes a woman with sore eyes; his way was to dawb ’em with ointments, and while she was in that pickle, carry off a spoon. Roger L'Estrange.

    Poor Umbra, left in this abandon’d pickle,
    E’en sits him down. Jonathan Swift, Miscellanies.

  2. Picklenoun

    or pightel. A small parcel of land inclosed with a hedge, which in some countries is called a pingle. Phillips.

  3. To Pickleverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Autumnal cornels next in order serv’d,
    In lees of wine well pickl’d and preserv’d. Dryden.

    They shall have all, rather than make a war,
    The Straits, the Guiney-trade, the herrings too;
    Nay, to keep friendship, they shall pickle you. Dryden.


  1. pickle

    A pickle is a cucumber that has been preserved and flavored in a solution of vinegar, salt, and other seasonings, often with the addition of garlic or dill. The process is known as pickling. It can also refer to the process of preserving food in a brine or vinegar solution. The term "pickle" can also be used more broadly to refer to any kind of food that has been preserved in this way.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Picklenoun

    see Picle

  2. Pickleverb

    a solution of salt and water, in which fish, meat, etc., may be preserved or corned; brine

  3. Pickleverb

    vinegar, plain or spiced, used for preserving vegetables, fish, eggs, oysters, etc

  4. Pickleverb

    any article of food which has been preserved in brine or in vinegar

  5. Pickleverb

    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

  6. Pickleverb

    a troublesome child; as, a little pickle

  7. Pickleverb

    to preserve or season in pickle; to treat with some kind of pickle; as, to pickle herrings or cucumbers

  8. Pickleverb

    to give an antique appearance to; -- said of copies or imitations of paintings by the old masters

  9. Etymology: [Cf. D. pekel. Probably a dim. fr. Pick, v. t., alluding to the cleaning of the fish.]


  1. Pickle

    In the computer programming language Python, pickle is the standard mechanism for object serialization; pickling is the common term among Python programmers for serialization. Pickle uses a simple stack-based virtual machine that records the instructions used to reconstruct the object. This makes pickle vulnerable to security risks by malformed or maliciously constructed data, that may cause the deserializer to import arbitrary modules and instantiate any object. Not all object types can be pickled automatically, especially ones that hold operating system resources like file handles, but users can register custom "reduction" and construction functions to support the pickling and unpickling of arbitrary types. Pickle was originally implemented as the pure Python pickle module, but, in versions of Python prior to 3.0, the cPickle module offers improved performance. In Python 3, users should always import the standard version, which attempts to import the accelerated version and falls back to the pure Python version.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pickle

    pik′l, n. a liquid of salt and water in which flesh and vegetables are preserved: vinegar, &c., in which articles of food are preserved: anything pickled: a disagreeable position: (coll.) a troublesome child.—v.t. to season or preserve with salt, vinegar, &c.—ns. Pick′le-herr′ing, a pickled herring: (obs.) a merry-andrew; Pick′le-worm, the larva of a pyralid moth.—Have a rod in pickle, to have a punishment ready. [M. E. pikil, prob. pick-le; Dut. pekel; Ger. pökel.]

  2. Pickle

    pik′l, n. (Scot.) a small quantity.—v.t. and v.i. to eat sparingly: to pilfer.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Pickle

    An acid solution for cleaning metal surfaces before electro-plating, galvanizing or other deposition of metal upon them.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. pickle

    Water replete with saline particles, as brine-pickle for salt meat. The briny wave.

Rap Dictionary

  1. picklenoun

    Penis. "I got them chasing all after the pickle" -- Ludacris

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Pickle is ranked #9493 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Pickle surname appeared 3,425 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Pickle.

    94.2% or 3,227 total occurrences were White.
    1.7% or 60 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.6% or 55 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.4% or 50 total occurrences were Black.
    0.7% or 24 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.2% or 9 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pickle in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pickle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of pickle in a Sentence

  1. Christopher Curran:

    We're in this pickle through no fault of our own.

  2. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani:

    I ate corned beef at Katz's, New York's greatest, greasiest, pickle-lined melting pot.

  3. Chairwoman Felicia Marcus told reporters:

    We're in a tough pickle on this, we have to prepare for drought and flooding at the same time.

  4. Francis Collins:

    We in this country have somehowgotten all fractured into ahyperpolarized politicizedview that never should havebeen mixed with publichealth, it has been ruinous andhistory will judge harshlythose people who havecontinued to defocus theeffort and focus onconspiracies and things thatare demonstrably false. Shameon all us that we’ve gotten intothis kind of pickle.

  5. Daniel Radcliffe:

    We became very good friends, i started learning about Lorenzo Pisoni life … and then I became the most annoying [ person ] … Like, ‘ Oh, you were in The Pickle Family Circus ?! Can you juggle ? ’ It was annoying I ’m sure, but Lorenzo Pisoni was very sweet and humored me. And while the two men shared similar offbeat upbringings in the spotlight, Daniel Radcliffe was more fascinated by their differences and how the spotlight had impacted them over the years.

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Translations for pickle

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  • ورطةArabic
  • conserva, envinagratCatalan, Valencian
  • nebezpečí, kyselá okurka, ohrožení, okurka nakládačkaCzech
  • eingelegte Gurke, Neckball, saure Gurke, Essiggurke, Gewürzgurke, eingelegtes Gemüse, pökeln, einlegenGerman
  • διαβολάκι, ζιζάνιο, γάρος, άλμη, τουρσίGreek
  • pekliEsperanto
  • vinagreta, pepinillo, picles, escabeche, escabechar, encurtir, conservar en vinagreSpanish
  • ترشی, خیارشورPersian
  • kurkku, etikkaliemi, suolaliemi, suolakurkku, liemi, pikkelsi, maustekurkku, säilöä, suolataFinnish
  • cornichon, pickles, salerFrench
  • saillScottish Gaelic
  • מלפפון חמוץHebrew
  • अचारHindi
  • թթվաջուր, անախորժ դրություն, թթու վարունգ, թթու, թթու դրած բանջարեղեն, թթու դնելArmenian
  • sottaceti, birichino, salamoia, pisello, cetriolino, diavoletto, pasticcio, cetriolo, situazione difficileItalian
  • מלפפון חמוץHebrew
  • 酢漬け, 塩水, 漬物, ピクルス, 漬け物, 漬けるJapanese
  • მწნილიGeorgian
  • ಉಪ್ಪಿನಕಾಯಿKannada
  • ALEXLatin
  • skābētLatvian
  • pīkaraMāori
  • туршија, кисела краставичка, корнишон, расол, закиселуваMacedonian
  • даршилсан ногооMongolian
  • puree, zoetje, augurk, pickles, pekel, worst, inmakenDutch
  • sylteagurkNorwegian
  • ogórek kiszony, marynataPolish
  • picles, conservado, salmoura, conservar, salmourarPortuguese
  • muraRomanian
  • рассол, солёный огурец, кислый огурец, квашеный огурец, соленье, солить, квасить, засолить, мариновать, засаливатьRussian
  • кисели краставац, kiseli krastavac, rasol, туршија, turšijaSerbo-Croatian
  • inläggning, inlagd, lag, saltgurka, ättiksgurka, lägga inSwedish
  • ஊறுகாய்Tamil
  • turşu, kornişon, salatalık turşusuTurkish
  • квашений огірок, рупа, квас, кваситиUkrainian
  • đồ chuaVietnamese
  • 泡菜Chinese

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