noun ici·cle \ˈī-ˌsi-kəl\

: a hanging piece of ice formed when water freezes as it drips down from something (such as a roof)

Full Definition of ICICLE

:  a pendent mass of ice formed by the freezing of dripping water
:  an emotionally cold person
:  a long narrow strip (as of foil) used to decorate a Christmas tree

Examples of ICICLE

  1. <his wife is such an icicle you're lucky to get so much as a greeting from her>

Origin of ICICLE

Middle English isikel, from is ice + ikel icicle, from Old English gicel; akin to Old High German ihilla icicle, Middle Irish aig ice
First Known Use: 14th century
ICICLE Defined for Kids


noun ici·cle \ˈī-ˌsi-kəl\

Definition of ICICLE for Kids

:  a hanging piece of ice formed from dripping water as it freezes


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