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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Korean flavors are an emphasis, but Joule’s tastes definitely roam, as with their popular rice cake, now served nice and spicy with chorizo and pickled mustard greens. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "An all-you-can-eat secret at one of Seattle’s best restaurants: brunch at Joule," 16 Oct. 2018 Kachka serves a vinagret salad with beets, potatoes, pickled carrots and sauerkraut. The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "Newspaper corrections for April 25, 2018," 25 Apr. 2018 The organization sent more than 400 jars of produce such as pickled carrots, roasted peppers and tomato sauce to Puerto Rico at the end of December. Laura Olivieri Robles And Reynaldo Leanos Jr., USA TODAY, "Puerto Rico food aid brought too much salt and sugar, some residents say," 1 Feb. 2018 Add mix-ins — think edamame, seaweed, and orange slices — and sauce, then top your creation with avocado, pickled ginger, wasabi, green onions, on and on. BostonGlobe.com, "Where to eat in Greater Boston," 15 June 2018 All entrees are served with a bread basket and an unusually creative dinner salad of seven greens with pickled ginger, sliced jicama and toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds). Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Pair game meat and period cocktails in Colorado," 13 June 2018 At most restaurants, that nub of paste next to your pickled ginger is a mix of powdered horseradish and mustard, reconstituted and dyed green to resemble the Japanese plant for which it’s named. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Dishonest menus: Diners, beware of 7 restaurant lies you may be swallowing right now," 13 June 2018 The spicy Polynesian poké bowl with spicy tuna, mixed greens, rice, avocado, sambal chile sauce, pickled ginger, crispy shallots, cucumbers and fresh cilantro rings in at 760 calories. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Here's where to get a poké bowl in Indianapolis, including 5 new restaurants," 31 May 2018 The tuna is blackened and the whole dish is topped with pickled ginger. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "Taco Vida nears opening in Deerfield: 'It was time to live my dream'," 25 May 2018

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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

: very drunk or intoxicated

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