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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ahy-si-kuh l]
    • /ˈaɪ sɪ kəl/
    • /ˈaɪ.sɪ.kl̩/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ahy-si-kuh l]
    • /ˈaɪ sɪ kəl/

Definitions of icicle word

  • noun icicle a pendent, tapering mass of ice formed by the freezing of dripping water. 1
  • noun icicle a thin strip of paper, plastic, or foil, usually silvery, for hanging on a Christmas tree as decoration. 1
  • noun icicle a cold, unemotional person. 1
  • noun icicle A hanging, tapering piece of ice formed by the freezing of dripping water. 1
  • noun icicle hanging ice 1
  • countable noun icicle An icicle is a long pointed piece of ice hanging down from a surface. It forms when water comes slowly off the surface, and freezes as it falls. 0

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Origin of icicle

First appearance:

before 1000
One of the 6% oldest English words
before 1000; Middle English isikel, Old English īsgicel, equivalent to īs ice + gicel icicle; akin to Old Norse jǫkul mass of ice, glacier

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Parts of speech for Icicle


icicle popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 80% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

icicle usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for icicle

noun icicle

  • chunk — Chunks of something are thick solid pieces of it.
  • glaze — to furnish or fill with glass: to glaze a window.
  • hail — to pour down on as or like hail: The plane hailed leaflets on the city.
  • crystal — A crystal is a small piece of a substance that has formed naturally into a regular symmetrical shape.
  • iceberg — a large floating mass of ice, detached from a glacier and carried out to sea.

Antonyms for icicle

noun icicle

  • water — a liquid solution or preparation, especially one used for cosmetic purposes: lavender water; lemon water.
  • stalagmite — a deposit, usually of calcium carbonate, more or less resembling an inverted stalactite, formed on the floor of a cave or the like by the dripping of percolating calcareous water.

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