Definition of pickle–herring
1 : a pickled herring
2 [Dutch pekelharing, from German pickelhering, from Pickelhering, droll comic character of the 17th century German stage] : buffoon
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Origin and Etymology of pickle–herring
obsolete Dutch pekel-haerinck (now pekelharing), from Dutch pekel pickle + obsolete Dutch haerinck herring (from Middle Dutch harinc, herinc)
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