pick·​led | \ ˈpi-kəld \

Definition of pickled

1 : preserved in or cured with pickle pickled herring
2 : drunk sense 1a gets thoroughly pickled before dinnerNew Yorker

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Synonyms & Antonyms for pickled


besotted, blasted [slang], blind, blitzed [slang], blotto [slang], bombed, boozy, canned [slang], cockeyed, crocked, drunk, drunken, fried, gassed, hammered [slang], high, impaired, inebriate, inebriated, intoxicated, juiced [slang], lit, lit up, loaded [slang], looped, oiled [slang], pie-eyed, plastered, potted [slang], ripped [slang], sloshed [slang], smashed [slang], sottish, soused, sozzled, squiffed (or squiffy), stewed, stiff, stinking [slang], stoned, tanked [slang], tiddly [chiefly British], tight, tipsy, wasted [slang], wet, wiped out [slang]


sober, straight

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Examples of pickled in a Sentence

He got pickled at the office party. I must have been rather pickled when I agreed to your stupid scheme.

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Some favorites, such as the yellow eye bean stew or the black-lime cod with green pea curry and pickled strawberries, might be featured, but there is also likely to be a dish or two that hasn’t yet made it onto the a la carte menu. Michael Bauer, SFChronicle.com, "The 4 best tasting-menu restaurants in the Mission," 17 June 2018 Serve soup topped with pickled onions and cilantro. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Fiery Black Bean Soup," 21 Dec. 2018 The latter has white fillets floating in a clear broth with cellophane noodles and pickled mustard greens. Lillian Li, Bon Appetit, "We Like Our Crispy Intestines Extra Crispy," 6 June 2018 Order this: Snack on pork and Chinese chive dumplings ($5.50) or try the pork belly baowich, where the slow-braised meat is topped with pickled mustard greens, crushed peanuts and cilantro ($3.50). Samantha Nelson, RedEye Chicago, "14 food trucks to try in Chicago this summer," 12 June 2017 Where to Eat Make haste for Chef Edouardo Jordan’s Junebaby, the Southern restaurant that’s full of delicious surprises like pickled grapes, and crackly housemade saltines with pimento cheese. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "The Best New Places to Eat, Stay, and Play in Seattle," 10 Jan. 2019 The quick-pickled red onions added a sweet-sour hit of vibrant crunch. Carrie Dennett, The Seattle Times, "Grain bowls are trending. Here’s how to make your own.," 28 Nov. 2018 And a mix of raw, roasted and pickled vegetables helps to cut through all the dairy. Tia Keenan, WSJ, "The Party Host’s Pro Move of the Season," 12 Oct. 2018 For many, the boundaries of sushi don’t extend far beyond a slice of fish on a small slab of rice, or rolled up with rice and seaweed, best complemented by some soy sauce, wasabi, and pickled ginger. Fox News, "The best sushi restaurants in America," 23 Oct. 2015

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First Known Use of pickled

circa 1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pickled was circa 1552

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English Language Learners Definition of pickled

: preserved with salt water or vinegar
informal : very drunk or intoxicated

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