Definition of icicle in English:



  • A hanging, tapering piece of ice formed by the freezing of dripping water.

    • ‘Then, on location for 1993's The Age of Innocence in Troy, New York, Scorsese ran across an 1896 photo of a burned-out building, hauntingly dripping with icicles.’
    • ‘Anastas and his friends endure the cold water, watching icicles form on the brims of their neoprene hoods, to get some of the best surfing of the year.’
    • ‘I drank three coffees and forced myself out for a brisk walk to photograph the dripping icicles before they melt.’
    • ‘Water dripped from icicles outside my window as the temperature rose above freezing for the first time in a long while in the heat of mid-afternoon.’
    • ‘Within the cave is an icicle of natural ice formed in the shape of the ‘Lingam’.’
    • ‘They loved making snow angels and licking icicles as though they were popsicles.’
    • ‘Here, where the branches of my beautiful weeping white birch tree will soon be laden with frozen snow and long icicles, replacing the bright golden leaves that now grace them.’
    • ‘We had three feet of snow, icicles everywhere on trees and buildings, and we skittered from fire to fire, knowing we were in the midst of something historic in literature.’
    • ‘He's lured to her snow castle, a version of Wolfgang's inn as covered in snow and icicles.’
    • ‘Christmas has a certain magical quality for children: snowball fights, snowmen, icicles hanging from rooftops, frozen ponds and icy - slidey pavements.’
    • ‘Giant icicles glistened against the 185 ft drop, as multiple rainbows added to the perfect postcard outside my 27th floor window.’
    • ‘Somewhere inside, most of us are still trained to think of a seasonal cycle, part of which involves snowy landscapes, frost-crusted woods, icicles, frozen ponds.’
    • ‘He sent ABC Gippsland a great collection of photos from that trip and this photo showing Mt Hotham's wintery icicles is perfect for the Winter Photo Comp!’
    • ‘Eventually he was forced to land after 2ft long icicles threatened to puncture the balloon which was cruising at an average height of around 14,000 feet.’
    • ‘It is mainly locals who experience it as icicles, since visiting Stehekin over winter is even more problematic - thanks to harsh weather that can sweep in over the space of just a few hours.’
    • ‘The other photograph shows a picturesque frozen cascade formed by icicles clinging to the rock face of Old Town Quarry, Harwood, in 1963.’
    • ‘Like most newcomers, all he wanted to do was slag the winter, unable to see the merits of this funny little town for the icicles and subzero temperatures.’
    • ‘The water coming over my bow froze the control lines in place and icicles formed off the trailing edge of the mast, frozen horizontal by the wind flow.’
    • ‘It is so cold that icicles hang from Joe's sodden coat.’
    • ‘Meanwhile dangerous icicles hanging from a railway bridge in Harrogate caused concern and were reported to Railtrack to be removed.’
    frozen water


Middle English from ice + dialect ickle ‘icicle’ (from Old English gicel).