Definition of pickled in English:



  • 1(of food) preserved in vinegar or brine.

    ‘pickled onions’
    • ‘My prawns were merely passable, but the mackerel was heavenly, as were the pickled herrings with finely sliced pickled onions.’
    • ‘You get grilled bread and a bowl of sweet and spicy pickled onion on your plate too.’
    • ‘The meat appeared a little undercooked, but she assured me that it was fine - she also appreciated the pickled onion and green tomato that accompanied the dish.’
    • ‘The sumptuous spread included mushroom soup, pickled mushrooms, boiled potatoes, salted herring, long sprigs of parsley and, of course, plenty of vodka.’
    • ‘The pickled cherries elevate this dish to the sublime.’
    • ‘Brown bags of pasta stand ready to be combined with cans of Italian tuna, homemade pickled vegetables, home-canned tomato sauce, and jars of his favorite imported red peppers.’
    • ‘My date opted for stir fry of smoked chicken and prawns, which came with a pickled salad and a peanut chilli dressing.’
    • ‘I had a veal and bacon terrine that was butch and robust, and garnished, unusually, with quite enough cornichons, pickled onions and salad.’
    • ‘Also refreshing are the crunchy pickled carrot sticks, with tamarind overtones that add a vivid splash of colour to the palette and palate alike.’
    • ‘The company produces 150 million bottles and jars a year of products such as cooking sauces, pickles, ketchup, brown sauce, pickled onions and beetroot.’
    • ‘The are several versions of this kind of dish, the meat cooked with onions and spices, and finished with black olives and pickled lemons.’
    • ‘Properly pickled foods may be safely heat processed in boiling water.’
    • ‘Throughout the day I eat Fairtrade bananas, pickled onions and a lot of peanuts.’
    • ‘The diet was mostly rice, with pickled vegetables.’
    • ‘The cheese is traditionally eaten with potatoes, pickled onions or other vegetables, and dark bread.’
    • ‘The table is laden with salads, appetizers, sausage and cheese, and pickled foods, followed by hot meat, potatoes, and pirozhki (meat or cabbage pies).’
    • ‘Meals at the camp are based on the traditional diet of pickled vegetables, cabbage, and goat and horse meat.’
    • ‘They dined on sandwiches of pickled beef, buns and Christmas cake.’
    • ‘The crispy tofu in a spinach salad is crisp but tasteless and watery, and raw bean sprouts and pickled onions are not rich enough to provide a foil.’
    • ‘The pleasant sausage looks and tastes something like a pickled ham.’
  • 2informal predicative Drunk.

    ‘he got pickled each night on a dozen daiquiris’
    • ‘And actually, he always has those glassy eyes -- He looks pickled a good part of the time.’
    • ‘He looks pickled every time I’ve seen him.’
    • ‘He wore khaki shorts and a vest, he was fair (though he looked pickled pink with the amount of drinking he had done), and spoke English with a good accent.’
    • ‘I was able to get close to the stage and could see his face and even in his state (he looked pickled) he still was unbelievable.’
    intoxicated, inebriated, drunken, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlin
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