Pickle

   The pickle's provenance can be traced to one William Beukelz or Beukel, a fourteen-century Dutch fisherman who was known as the first to "pickle" food. Though Beukel pickled fish, his name, mispronounced slightly, came to apply to pickled cucumbers.
   Although most people enjoy biting into a large dill pickle, they don't want to be in a pickle, which is an unpleasant situation. And to be pickled is to be steeped in brine, but a person who's pickled is steeped in something that will not agree with a sobriety test.
   The Oxford English Dictionary supports the belief that pickle can be found in the medieval Dutch word pekel. Wordsmiths agree that pekel came from Beukel and that pickle came from pekel.

Dictionary of eponyms. . 2013.

Synonyms:
(for preserving meat), / (for preserving meats or vegetables) / , , (colloq.)


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  • Pickle — or pickling may refer to: Food * Pickling, the process of preserving a food by soaking and storing it in vinegar or brine, which has been going on for five thousand years. * Pickled cucumber, a food most commonly referred to as a pickle in the… …   Wikipedia

  • Pickle — Pic kle, n. [Cf. D. pekel. Probably a dim. fr. {Pick}, v. t., alluding to the cleaning of the fish.] 1. (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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pickle — Pic kle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pickled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pickling}.] 1. To preserve or season in pickle; to treat with some kind of pickle; as, to pickle herrings or cucumbers. [1913 Webster] 2. To give an antique appearance to; said of copies or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pickle — bezeichnet: eingelegtes Gemüse (engl.), siehe Einlegen Indisches Pickle Branston Pickle, ein britischer Markenname einer vegetarischen Würzsoße aus Obst oder Gemüse eine Serialisierungsbibliothek der Programmiersprache Python, sowie den Prozess… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • pickle — ► NOUN 1) a relish consisting of vegetables or fruit preserved in vinegar, brine, or mustard. 2) liquid used to preserve food or other perishable items. 3) (a pickle) informal a difficult situation. ► VERB 1) preserve (food) in pickle. 2) ( …   English terms dictionary

  • pickle — [n] sticky situation bind, box*, corner*, difficulty, dilemma, disorder, fix, hole*, hot water*, jam*, predicament, quandary, scrape, spot*, tight spot*; concept 674 Ant. boon, pleasure pickle [v] preserve fruit or vegetable can, cure, keep,… …   New thesaurus

  • pickle — [pik′əl] n. [ME pikil < MDu pekel < ? picken, to prick, in sense “that which pricks, or is piquant”] 1. any brine, vinegar, or spicy solution used to preserve or marinate food 2. a vegetable, specif. a cucumber, preserved in such a solution …   English World dictionary

  • Pickle — Pic kle, n. [Obs.] See {Picle}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pickle — Pickle. См. Травление. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • pickle — index imbroglio Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • pickle — n *predicament, plight, dilemma, quandary, scrape, fix, jam …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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