Definition of picnic in English:
- In the summer, the most popular forms of relaxation are trips to the beach and picnics in the countryside, where they roast meat and vegetables over open fires.
- As with almost all American holidays, it had become a day for feasting, for picnics and barbecues, for BIG SALES!
- When they did visit, they took the train to Argyll under police escort and their grandmother took them fishing or for picnics in the country.
- It's not enough that I pack the picnics and attempt to eradicate ineradicable grass stains; my lack of interest in sport is treated as a risible absence of general knowledge.
- Tonight, people and their picnics will pack out the park to relax to the sounds of the Proms and the sights of the firework spectacular.
- Organised people pack a picnic, but for the rest of us, it's quite enough to get out of our weekend beds early enough to arrive before the gates close.
verb (picnics, picnicking, picnicked)[no object] Back to top
- The visitors, lured by the intrigue of the island's rich monastic history, will spend the day exploring and picnicking on golden beaches.
- Filming in late summer, the Pride cast picnicked and swam naked in the lake between takes.
- I have never really walked on the beach, picnicked, or even just talked for hours.
mid 18th century (denoting a social event at which each guest contributes a share of the food): from French pique-nique, of unknown origin.
A picnic was originally a fashionable social event at which each guest contributed food, something like the American pot luck supper, but it fairly rapidly became a term for an outdoor meal. Both senses are found in the French original pique-nique. This was probably formed from piquer ‘to pick’ and nique ‘nothing whatsoever’.
be no picnic
- informal Be difficult or unpleasant: being a freelance was no picnicMore example sentences
easy task, easy job, child's play, five-finger exercise, gift, walkover, nothing, sinecure, gravy traininformal doddle, walk in the park, piece of cake, money for old rope, money for jam, cinch, breeze, sitter, kids' stuff, cushy job/number, doss, cakewalk, pushoverNorth American informal duck soup, snapAustralian/New Zealand informal bludge, snackSouth African informal a piece of old tackieBritish vulgar slang a piece of pissdated snip
- Coordinating everyone's schedules and demands was no picnic.
- Life was no picnic but you learn never to give in.
- Certainly it seemed the life of a Barrier Reef turtle was no picnic.
- Example sentences
- Monday was sunny and warm, perfect weather for strolling along the river without needing to dodge the weekend crowds of inebriated picnickers.
- With stretches of white sandy beaches, clear waters and diverse coral reefs, this is an ideal spot for rookie divers as well as for snorkelers and picnickers.
- The road is pastoral, edged with fruit stands and vineyards, jammed with tour buses and picnickers when the sun shines.
- Example sentences
- It used to be an even more picnicky event, with the old Satay Club across the road from the Padang.
- Mom was in town, and we'd planned a late-summer picnicky dinner complete with all the things she can't get back in Oklahoma, that friendly land of oil pumps, chicken-fried steak, and strip malls.
- Coolers do the job but don't look very picnicky.
Words that rhyme with picnicpyknic
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