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picnic definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a day devoted to an outdoor social gathering [syn: field day, outing, picnic]
2: any undertaking that is easy to do; "marketing this product will be no picnic" [syn: cinch, breeze, picnic, snap, duck soup, child's play, pushover, walkover, piece of cake]
3: any informal meal eaten outside or on an excursion v
1: eat alfresco, in the open air; "We picnicked near the lake on this gorgeous Sunday"

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: German or French; German Picknick, from French pique-nique Date: 1826 1. an excursion or outing with food usually provided by members of the group and eaten in the open; also the food provided for a picnic 2. a. a pleasant or amusingly carefree experience <I don't expect being married to be a picnic Josephine Pinckney> b. an easy task or feat 3. a shoulder of pork with much of the butt removed picnicky adjective II. intransitive verb (picnicked; picnicking) Date: 1842 to go on a picnic ; eat in picnic fashion picnicker noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 an outing or excursion including a packed meal eaten out of doors. 2 any meal eaten out of doors or without preparation, tables, chairs, etc. 3 (usu. with neg.) colloq. something agreeable or easily accomplished etc. (it was no picnic organizing the meeting). --v.intr. (picnicked, picnicking) take part in a picnic. Derivatives: picnicker n. picnicky adj. colloq. Etymology: F pique-nique, of unkn. orig.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Picnic Pic"nic, n. [Cf. F. piquenique. See Pick, v., and cf. Knickknack.] Formerly, an entertainment at which each person contributed some dish to a common table; now, an excursion or pleasure party in which the members partake of a collation or repast (usually in the open air, and from food carried by themselves).

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Picnic Pic"nic, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Picnicked; p. pr. & vb. n. Picnicking.] To go on a picnic, or pleasure excursion; to eat in public fashion.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(picnics, picnicking, picnicked) 1. When people have a picnic, they eat a meal out of doors, usually in a field or a forest, or at the beach. We're going on a picnic tomorrow... We'll take a picnic lunch. N-COUNT 2. When people picnic somewhere, they have a picnic. Afterwards, we picnicked on the riverbank. ...such a perfect day for picnicking. VERB: V, V-ing picnicker (picnickers) ...fires started by careless picnickers. N-COUNT 3. If you say that an experience, task, or activity is no picnic, you mean that it is quite difficult or unpleasant. (INFORMAL) Emigrating is no picnic. PHRASE: V inflects

Moby Thesaurus

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