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1 vegetables (especially cucumbers) preserved in brine or vinegar
2 informal terms for a difficult situation; "he got into a terrible fix"; "he made a muddle of his marriage" [syn: fix, hole, jam, mess, muddle, kettle of fish] v : preserve in a pickling liquid

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  1. A cucumber preserved in a solution, usually a brine or a vinegar syrup.
    A pickle goes well with a hamburger.
  2. Often in plural (pickles), any vegetable preserved in vinegar and consumed as relish.
  3. The brine used for preserving food.
    This tub is filled with the pickle that we will put the small cucumbers into.
  4. (idiom) A difficult situation.
    The climber found himself in a pickle when one of the rocks broke off.
  5. A penis.
  6. A rundown.
    Jones was caught in a pickle between second and third.
  7. A children's game with three participants that emulates a baseball rundown
    The boys played pickle in the front yard for an hour.
  8. An affectionate term for a loved one
    Are you okay my pickle?


cucumber preserved in brine or vinegar syrup
any vegetable preserved in vinegar and consumed as relish
brine used for preserving food
difficult situation
children's game
affectionate term for a loved one
Mugglecast's catchphrase
translations to be checked


  1. To preserve food in a salt, sugar or vinegar solution.
    We pickled the remainder of the crop.
  2. To remove high-temperature scale and oxidation from metal with heated sulphuric acid.
    The crew will pickle the fittings in the morning.


To preserve food in a salt, sugar or vinegar solution
To remove high-temperature scale and oxidation from metal with heated sulphuric acid

Alternative spellings

Extensive Definition

Pickle or pickling may refer to:


  • Pickling, the process of preserving a food by soaking and storing it in vinegar or brine, has been going on for 5,000 years.
  • Pickled cucumber, most commonly referred to as a pickle in the US and Canada
  • Indian pickle, fruits and vegetables pickled using oil instead of vinegar
  • Tsukemono, Japanese varieties of pickle
  • Relish, a cooked or pickled sauce commonly referred to as pickle in the United Kingdom

Computer programming


  • Pickling (metal), a treatment of metallic surfaces in order to remove impurities, stains, rust or scale.

Sports and Games

pickle in German: Pickle
pickle in French: Pickle
pickle in Polish: Peklowanie

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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