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[ahys-man] /ˈaɪsˌmæn/
noun, plural icemen.
a man whose business is gathering, storing, selling, or delivering ice.
Origin of iceman
First recorded in 1835-45; ice + man1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for ice man
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  • Go back now,” said the ice man, “and I shall be there to-morrow.

    Myths of the Cherokee James Mooney
  • So they sent a messenger to the far north, to beg the ice man to help them.

    Indian Legends Retold Elaine Goodale Eastman
  • I may say incidentally that it is of no use with the ice man.

    The Smiling Hill-Top Julia M. Sloane
  • All over the land the gladiolus bulb and the ice man begin to swell.

    Remarks Bill Nye
  • He hurriedly drove over to O'Sullivan's and put the ice man through a sharp examination.

    The Crime of the Century

    Henry M. Hunt
  • "Guess it's the ice man," said Dick, for he had arranged to have a supply left at the camp.

    Dick Hamilton's Cadet Days Howard R. Garis
  • Husband: Just this morning he said, "Pop, you tell mamma to come back quick or I'll elope with the ice man."

  • Something that anyone else would turn out as mere information,—'The ice man has just left two chunks of ice!'

    Rainy Week Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • But the Skinners' ice man in detailing the thing to the McLaughlins' maid had assiduously applied the multiplication table.

    Skinner's Dress Suit

    Henry Irving Dodge
British Dictionary definitions for ice man

ice man

(mainly US) a man who sells or delivers ice
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ice man



1844, from ice (n.) + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for ice man



  1. A jewel thief (1940s+)
  2. A very calm person, performer, etc: An iceman is a gambler who never loses his head (1940s+)
  3. A professional killer; hired gun, hit man: Maybe I hadn't seen the iceman with Bobb/ Go play iceman (1970s+ Underworld)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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