Definition of ick in English:


Line breaks: ick
informal , chiefly North American


[mass noun]
  • An unpleasantly sticky or congealed substance: she scrubbed the ick off the back of the stove
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    • But the mess - the puddles of gunky congealing ick getting into a soldier's boots and running down inside the socks.
    • ‘He's a demon, as you can see from his blood,’ - he motioned toward the black ick.
    • I have to now face the fact that I, who am rarely sick, have been sickish for a week now, mostly with coughing phlegmy runny nose-and-eyes ick.


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  • Used to express disgust: There are rats here? Ick!


1940s: probably imitative.

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