- noun a small cucumber grown for pickling
- A small (up to 8 cm long) variety of prickly cucumber which grows in damp subtropical and tropical climates. The immature fruits are soaked in brine and treated with boiling vinegar. Some varieties of small ridge cucumbers are occasionally sold as gherkins.
- noun a small vegetable of the cucumber family used for pickling
Origin & History of “gherkin”
Etymologically, a gherkin may be a ‘little unripe one’. The word was borrowed from an assumed early Dutch *gurkkijn, a diminutive form of gurk, which probably came from Lithuanian agurkas. this in turn goes back via polish ogurek to medieval Greek angoúrion, which has been linked with classical Greek ágouros ‘youth’.