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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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  • "Last month it was the iceman who was kept waiting because we paid everything to the butcher," said Selina.

    Selina George Madden Martin
  • For my part I should think she'd rather have a policeman or—or the iceman!

    Highacres Jane Abbott
  • Mulcahey positively swore that the iceman did not leave the house during the night.

    The Crime of the Century Henry M. Hunt
  • There is the Gasman, and man who inspects the water-meter, and the iceman, and the Plumber.

    The Idiot at Home John Kendrick Bangs
  • The iceman offers you a room breezy, cool,—you eat with me; but by all the gods!

  • You haven't used that tone since Euphemia baked a pie for the iceman.

    The Man in Lower Ten Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The iceman sets his nippers into the ice and lifts the block; but the bird sets his claws into the tree and lifts his own body.

    The Woodpeckers Fannie Hardy Eckstorm
Word Origin and History for iceman

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

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



  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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