WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
pic•nic /ˈpɪknɪk/USA pronunciation n., v., -nicked, -nick•ing.
n. [countable] a trip in which food is brought and a meal is shared in the open air. the food eaten on such an excursion. Informal Terms[used with negative words or phrases][Informal.]an enjoyable experience, task, etc.:That three-year hitch in the Army was no picnic.
v. [no object] to go on or take part in a picnic:We picnicked in that same park every summer. pic•nick•er, n. [countable]The picnickers were fighting off the ants.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

picnic /ˈpɪknɪk/ n
  1. a trip or excursion to the country, seaside, etc, on which people bring food to be eaten in the open air
  2. any informal meal eaten outside
  3. (as modifier): a picnic lunch
  4. informal chiefly Austral a troublesome situation or experience
  5. no picnicinformal a hard or disagreeable task
vb ( -nics, -nicking, -nicked)
  1. (intransitive) to eat a picnic
Etymology: 18th Century: from French piquenique, of unknown origin

ˈpicnicker n



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