pick·​led | \ ˈpi-kəld How to pronounce pickled (audio) \

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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The bar serves 10 draft beers and a menu of classic cocktails including mai tais, Manhattans, palomas and old fashioneds, along with a simple selection of smashburgers, popcorn and pickled eggs. Hadley Tomicki, latimes.com, "Go Get Em Tiger’s new DTLA location serves up burgers; Marugame Udon opens at the Bloc," 2 July 2019 The fatty nature of the sandwich is appropriately offset by pickled carrots and radish as well as vibrant jalapeno. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "This Vietnamese restaurant in Louisville is about to be your new favorite," 5 June 2019 To serve: Place thinly sliced pork on soft roll and top with pickled cabbage. House Beautiful, "Carla Hall's BBQ Pork Tenderloin with Beet, Carrot & Cabbage Slaw with Spicy Lemon Vinaigrette," 20 July 2012 Arrange six asparagus and six sea asparagus on each plate and top them with a few pickled onion slices. Michael Gardiner, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chef’s guidance in foraging leads the way to tasty culinary discoveries," 25 June 2019 Serve the chicken thighs with a drizzle of the pickled white barbecue sauce, and more for passing at the table. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Denver Post, "Fire up your summer with recipes from the season’s new grilling cookbooks," 24 June 2019 Also, the super fresh and well-seasoned spring hash was a tasty start; the pickled turnip was a nice touch, adding a bit of contrast. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Market Garden Brewery: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches, breakfasts," 22 June 2019 Auburn Hills Making products since 1936, Kubisch offers smaller sausages, such as pickled sausage, hunter sausage and Amish Wagon, which is a mixture of lean beef and pork sausage. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Joyview Meat in Redford celebrates 50 years of sausage making," 21 June 2019 Chipotles can be purchased dried, powdered, pickled or canned, usually in adobo sauce, as in the recipe for Mason Jar Cafe’s Tuna salad. Claire Perez, sun-sentinel.com, "Claire’s tip of the week: What are chipotle peppers?," 21 June 2019

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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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something desired as essential

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