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).