- 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
Related Words for iciclechunk, glaze, hail, crystal, iceberg, icicle, glacier, sleet, diamonds, hailstone, permafrost, floe
Examples from the Web for icicle
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of icicle
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 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.