Icicle definition

īsĭ-kəl
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A tapering spike of ice formed by the freezing of dripping or falling water.
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(informal) An aloof or emotionally unresponsive person.
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A spear-shape of ice.
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A tapering, pointed, hanging piece of ice, formed by the freezing of dripping or falling water.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
icicle
Plural:
icicles

Origin of icicle

  • Middle English isikel is ice ice ikel icicle (from Old English gicel yeg- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English isykle, isikel, equivalent to ice +‎ ickle. Cognate with Low German Isjäkel, Ishekel (“icicle”), Dutch ijskegel (“icicle”), Danish dialectal jisegel (“icicle”), Norwegian isjukel (“icicle”). More at ice, ickle.

    From Wiktionary