WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
pic•nic /ˈpɪknɪk/USA pronunciation
n., v., -nicked, -nick•ing.
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.
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picnic /ˈpɪknɪk/ n
vb ( -nics, -nicking, -nicked)
- a trip or excursion to the country, seaside, etc, on which people bring food to be eaten in the open air
- any informal meal eaten outside
- (as modifier): a picnic lunch
- informal chiefly Austral a troublesome situation or experience
- no picnic ⇒ informal a hard or disagreeable task
Etymology: 18th Century: from French piquenique, of unknown originˈpicnicker n
- (intransitive) to eat a picnic
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