a tapering, pointed, hanging piece of ice, formed by the freezing of dripping or falling water
Origin of icicleMiddle English isikel from Old English an unverified form ?sgicel (akin to Old Norse isjökull) from ?s, ice + gicel, piece of ice, icicle (Brit dialect, dialectal ickle), akin to Old Norse jökull, icicle, glacier, jaki, lump of ice from Indo-European base an unverified form yeg-, ice from source Middle Irish aig, Welsh i?, ice, Cornish yeyn, cold
- A tapering spike of ice formed by the freezing of dripping or falling water.
- Informal An aloof or emotionally unresponsive person.
Origin of icicleMiddle English isikel is ice ; see ice . ikel icicle ( from Old English gicel ; see yeg- in Indo-European roots.)