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From Biblical Hebrew אִיכָבוֹד(ʾīḵāḇōḏ, literally no honor), from אִי(ʾī, not) + כָּבוֹד(kāḇōḏ, honor); alluding to 1 Samuel 4:21, where Eli’s daughter-in-law names her child Ichabod, saying ‘The glory is departed from Israel.’


Proper noun[edit]


  1. (archaic) A male given name.




  1. Expressing regret at a loss of former glory or high standards.
    • 1819, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe:
      ”Better the tomb of her fathers than the dishonourable couch of the licentious and savage Templar. Ichabod! Ichabod! the glory hath departed from my house!”
    • 1850, Thomas Carlyle, Latter-Day Pamphlets, The present time
      Ichabod; is the glory departing from us? Under the sun is nothing baser, by all accounts and evidences, than the system of repression and corruption, of shameless dishonesty and unbelief in anything but human baseness, that we now live under.
    • 1946, Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan
      Except for the library, the eastern wing, from the Tower of Flints onwards, was now but a procession of forgotten and desolate relics, an Ichabod of masonry that filed silently along an avenue of dreary pine whose needles hid the sky.
    • 1952, P. G. Wodehouse, Pigs Have Wings
      Ichabod, felt Lord Emsworth, and was still in a disturbed state of mind, though gradually becoming soothed by listening to that sweetest of all music, the sound of the Empress restoring her tissues.