- 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 icicles
From this cupola thousands of icicles of the most varied shapes were hanging.My Double Life
It changes too suddenly, and the icicles are cutting my face.The English at the North Pole
Freezing up and talking as if you had a mouthful of icicles.Left End Edwards
Ralph Henry Barbour
His face was blue with cold, and his beard was a frozen mass of icicles.The Camp in the Snow
William Murray Graydon
I had icicles hanging from my mustache, eyelashes, and hair.An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet
A. Henry Savage Landor
- a hanging spike of ice formed by the freezing of dripping water
Word Origin and History for icicles
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.