- a pendent, tapering mass of ice formed by the freezing of dripping water.
- a thin strip of paper, plastic, or foil, usually silvery, for hanging on a Christmas tree as decoration.
- a cold, unemotional person.
Origin of icicle
Examples from the Web for icicle
Is stabbing someone with an icicle really the perfect crime?So You Are Enduring a Temporarily Paralyzing Winter Storm
Kelly Williams Brown
February 15, 2014
The coldness of his body through the bag jolts me like an icicle through my heart.Inside a Home Funeral
Melissa Roberts Weidman
February 5, 2013
An icicle hanging on one's nose is a simple sort of humour in any case.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
I have seen a great army thaw away like an icicle in the sunshine.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
Jed was conscious of a cold sensation, like the touch of an icicle, up and down his spine.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
Thou art hot-tempered and boyish, but I am cold as an icicle.In the Days of Drake
J. S. Fletcher
He doesn't say for how long, and acts the icicle in the presence of others.Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess
Henry W. Fischer
- a hanging spike of ice formed by the freezing of dripping water
Word Origin and History for icicle
early 14c., isykle, from is "ice" + ikel "icicle," from Old English gicel "icicle, ice" (rel. to cylegicel "cold ice"), from Proto-Germanic *jekilaz (cf. Old Norse jaki "piece of ice," diminutive jökull "icicle, ice, glacier;" Old High German ihilla "icicle"), from PIE *yeg- "ice." Dialectal ickle "icicle" survived into 20c.