picnic

A picnic is a meal that you eat outside. For your birthday, you might take a picnic lunch (including celebratory cupcakes) to a nearby beach with some friends.

You can use the word picnic for both the occasion — "Let's go on a picnic!" — and for the meal itself: "I am packing the best picnic to take on our hike." It's also a verb, meaning "to eat outside." And when a friend describes a difficult task and adds, "It was no picnic," they mean to emphasize how hard it was — the opposite of an easy, breezy picnic.

Definitions of picnic
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n any informal meal eaten outside or on an excursion

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cookout
an informal meal cooked and eaten outdoors
barbecue, barbeque
a cookout in which food is cooked over an open fire; especially a whole animal carcass roasted on a spit
clambake
a cookout at the seashore where clams and fish and other foods are cooked--usually on heated stones covered with seaweed
fish fry
a cookout where fried fish is the main course
weenie roast, wiener roast
a cookout where roasted frankfurters are the main course
burgoo
a gathering at which burgoo stew is served
Type of:
meal, repast
the food served and eaten at one time

n a day devoted to an outdoor social gathering

Synonyms:
field day, outing
Type of:
holiday, vacation
leisure time away from work devoted to rest or pleasure

n any undertaking that is easy to do

“marketing this product will be no picnic
Synonyms:
breeze, child's play, cinch, duck soup, piece of cake, pushover, snap, walkover
Types:
doddle
an easy task
Type of:
labor, project, task, undertaking
any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted

v eat alfresco, in the open air

“We picnicked near the lake on this gorgeous Sunday”
Type of:
eat
eat a meal; take a meal

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