WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
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.

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    pic•nic  (piknik), 
    n., v., -nicked, -nick•ing. 

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

  • v.i. 
  • to go on or take part in a picnic.
  • Etymology:
    • ?
    • 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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