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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Henry Baines Sauce Mix the chutney, pickled walnuts, if using, ketchup, steak sauce, Worcestershire sauce, chili sauce and hot pepper sauce in a large bowl. Krystyna Chávez, Marie Claire, "9 Easy Kentucky Derby Recipe Ideas You Can Whip Up In No Time," 3 May 2019 Lacking those, use roasted jalapeños that have been peeled and chopped, very thinly sliced raw jalapeños, or a can of pickled jalapeños — a compromise perhaps, but better than no chiles at all. David Tanis, New York Times, "A Cheeseburger That Brings the Summer Heat," 29 June 2018 That’s right: Put the cheese (and pickled jalapeños and whatever else) under the tots, thus preserving nacho flavor and the integrity of the tot. Paula Forbes, GQ, "You’re a grown-up now. Keep a bag of tots in the freezer.," 13 Apr. 2018 Toppings: Chashu pork, scallions, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, fish cake, sesame seeds, pickled plum. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "5 Bowls of the Best Ramen in L.A. to Get You Through Any Kind of Weather," 22 Mar. 2018 The little pitcher’s contents are made with toasted oolong tea and kombu, giving the dish depth; pickled plum and the restaurant’s own furikake seasoning blend compound the flavor. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Plant-loving Strange Town on Milwaukee's east side has appeal beyond vegan," 16 Jan. 2018 With Pickled Shiitake Mushrooms This pickled mushroom recipe will definitely satisfy those with adventurous tastebuds. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Clean, Prep, and Cook Mushrooms Perfectly," 22 Feb. 2019 Fillings run the gamut from a wintry mix of venison and pickled walnuts to summer simmers of poultry and herbs. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "Where to Find London’s Premium Pies," 23 Jan. 2019 Top enchiladas with pickled onions and cilantro if desired. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Easy Weeknight Meals," 21 Dec. 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
informal : very drunk or intoxicated

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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