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  • IPA(key): /ˈaɪsɪŋ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪsɪŋ
  • Rhymes: -ɪŋ

Etymology 1[edit]

Gerund of the verb to ice.

Chocolate cupcakes with raspberry buttercream icing.


icing (countable and uncountable, plural icings)

  1. (cooking) A sweet, often creamy and thick glaze made primarily of sugar, often enriched with ingredients like butter, egg whites, or flavorings, typically used for baked goods.
    Synonym: frosting (US)
    • 1917, Janet McKenzie Hill, Cakes, Pastry and Dessert Dishes, page 92:
      At the present time there is a demand for very light fluffy icing that may be piled high on a cake. For beating many of the icings of this variety an electric beater is used, and the syrup is added very slowly.
  2. (ice hockey) A minor violation of ice hockey rules, occurring when a player shoots the puck from his/her side of the red line so that it crosses the goal line on the opponent's side. A team playing short-handed is not penalized for this.
  3. The process of forming a layer of ice on a surface.
  4. (aviation, meteorology) Conditions conducive to the formation of ice on aircraft surfaces.
    The Cessna pilots reported that moderate icing was present between 13,000 and 4,000 feet in the cloud layers.
Usage notes[edit]
  • In general American use, the words icing and frosting are synonymous, but bakers may distinguish frosting as thicker and fluffier while icing is thinner and glossier like a glaze. In British English, the word frosting is not used.
Derived terms[edit]
  • Swedish: icing

Etymology 2[edit]

From the verb to ice.



  1. present participle and gerund of ice



From English icing.


icing c

  1. (sports) icing; a minor violation of rules in hockey


Declension of icing 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative icing icingen icingar icingarna
Genitive icings icingens icingars icingarnas

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