[pik-nik] /ˈpɪk nɪk/
an excursion or outing in which the participants carry food with them and share a meal in the open air.
the food eaten on such an excursion.
Also called picnic ham, picnic shoulder. a section of pork shoulder, usually boned, smoked, and weighing 4–6 pounds.
Compare (def 2).
Informal. an enjoyable experience or time, easy task, etc.:
Being laid up in a hospital is no picnic.
verb (used without object), picnicked, picnicking.
to go on or take part in a picnic.
a trip or excursion to the country, seaside, etc, on which people bring food to be eaten in the open air
(informal, mainly Austral) a troublesome situation or experience
(informal) no picnic, a hard or disagreeable task
verb -nics, -nicking, -nicked
(intransitive) to eat a picnic
1748 (in Chesterfield’s “Letters”), but rare before c.1800 as an English institution; originally a fashionable pot-luck social affair, not necessarily out of doors; from French piquenique (1690s), perhaps a reduplication of piquer “to pick, peck,” from Old French (see pike (n.2)), or the second element may be nique “worthless thing,” from a Germanic source. Figurative sense of “something easy” is from 1886. Picnic table recorded from 1926, originally a folding table.
“go on a picnic,” 1842, from picnic (n.). Related: Picnicked; picnicking. The -k- is inserted to preserve the “k” sound of -c- before a suffix beginning in -i-, -y-, or -e- (cf. traffic/trafficking, panic/panicky, shellac/shellacked).
see: no picnic
- Picnic races
plural noun 1. (Austral) horse races for amateur riders held in rural areas
1. a combining form meaning “one trillionth” (10 −12): picogram. prefix 1. denoting 10–12: picofarad, p word-forming element used in making names for very small unites of measure, 1915 (formally adopted c.1952 as a scientific prefix meaning “one trillionth”), from Spanish pico “a little over, a small balance,” literally “sharp point, beak,” of Celtic origin […]
- Pico de gallo
noun a relish of finely chopped jicama, jalapenos, cucumbers, radishes, onions, bell pepper, and oranges; also called Salsa Mexicana Word Origin Spanish ‘rooster’s beak’ Usage Note cooking
noun 1. a traffic circle and open square in W London, England: theater and amusement center.