Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A Hebrew name (see etym.) used allusively in various connections, especially in the phrase to say Ichabod (to or of a thing), implying that its glory has departed.

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  • proper noun archaic A male given name.
  • interjection Expressing regret at a loss of former glory or high standards.

Etymologies

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Hebrew l-kavod (אִיכָבוֹד) ‘without honor’; alluding to 1 Samuel 4:21, where Eli’s daughter-in-law names her child Ichabod, saying ‘The glory is departed from Israel.’

Examples

  • Following the trend of Deblog and Ichabod is Itchy, here is a link to a puzzle:

    sudoku

  • An’ cuz Floyd was still out of it, I was named the new captain -- Ichabod the Scourge, and I was swiftly known as the low-downest, not-nicest, meanest, dirtiest, ugliest, wickedest, baddest pirate in the seven an’ a half seas!

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • An’ cuz Floyd was still out of it, I was named the new captain -- Ichabod the Scourge, and I was swiftly known as the low-downest, not-nicest, meanest, dirtiest, ugliest, wickedest, baddest pirate in the seven an’ a half seas!

    August Christian Science Fiction/Fantasy Blog Tour Day 2

  • You need to be able to still get to that information as a user, "Lynch added and mentioned a technology developed by Adobe called" Ichabod "- which has already been released to Google, who use it in its indexing engines to search Flash content.

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  • You need to be able to still get to that information as a user, "Lynch added and mentioned a technology developed by Adobe called" Ichabod "- which has already been released to Google, who use it in its indexing engines to search Flash content.

    Latest News from Adobe Flex Journal

  • Remember George W. Bush's broadside on Social Security, right after he'd earned his political capital against the Great Obfuscator, "Ichabod" Kerry?

    Ross M. Levine: Middle Class? You've Been Downlisted by the GOP

  • All unbelievers do in their heart call Christ "Ichabod," -- "Where is the glory?"

    Meditations and Discourses on the Glory of Christ

  • "Ichabod" was written over the doors of the Russian Admiralty.

    The Press-Gang Afloat and Ashore

  • The ruins were nearly all covered with ivy, and looked beautiful even in their decay; but seeing the purpose to which some of them had been applied, we thought that the word "Ichabod"

    From John O'Groats to Land's End

  • Milling as an institution in the schools may write up "Ichabod" above its gates.

    Acton's Feud A Public School Story

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