from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. little
  • n. An icicle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An icicle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An icicle.
  • n. Same as hickwall.


From Middle English ikil, ykle, from Old English ġiċel ("icicle, ice"), from Proto-Germanic *jikilaz, *jekulaz (“piece of ice”), diminutive of Proto-Germanic *jekô (“lump of ice”), from Proto-Indo-European *eiǵ- (“icefloe, icicle”). Cognate with Low German Jäkel ("icicle"), Danish egel ("icicle"), Norwegian jøkel ("glacier, icesheet"), Icelandic jökull ("glacier") and probably Albanian akull ("ice") (Gheg okull). (Wiktionary)


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  • English slang. baby talk for "little". Possibly derogatory. Used to describe something small, cute and twee.

    June 8, 2009