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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. 2017.
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  • In the "Pendulum" Katy has a new patch in her crazy quilt which the ice man cut from the end of his four-in-hand.

    Modern Essays John Macy
  • Go back now,” said the ice man, “and I shall be there to-morrow.

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

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

    The Smiling Hill-Top Julia M. Sloane
  • Husband: Just this morning he said, "Pop, you tell mamma to come back quick or I'll elope with the ice man."

  • All over the land the gladiolus bulb and the ice man begin to swell.

    Remarks Bill Nye
  • Now the ice man is a little fellow, with two heavy braids of black hair hanging over his shoulders.

    Indian Legends Retold Elaine Goodale Eastman
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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