WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
pic•nic /ˈpɪknɪk/USA pronunciation   n., v., -nicked, -nick•ing. 

n. [countable]
  1. a trip in which food is brought and a meal is shared in the open air.
  2. the food eaten on such an excursion.
  3. Informal Terms[Informal.]an enjoyable experience, task, etc.[used with negative words or phrases]That three-year hitch in the Army was no picnic.

v. [no object]
  1. 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.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
pic•nic  (piknik), 
n., v., -nicked, -nick•ing. 

  1. an excursion or outing in which the participants carry food with them and share a meal in the open air.
  2. the food eaten on such an excursion.
  3. Also called picnic ham, picnic shoulder. a section of pork shoulder, usually boned, smoked, and weighing 4–6 pounds. Cf.daisy (def. 2).
  4. Informal Terms[Informal.]an enjoyable experience or time, easy task, etc.:Being laid up in a hospital is no picnic.

  1. to go on or take part in a picnic.
  • ?
  • French pique-nique, rhyming compound
  • German Pic-nic (now Picknick)
  • 1740–50
picnick•er, n. 

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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