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


    Jane Abbott
  • 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 grocer, the butcher and the iceman all conspired against him.

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

    The Man in Lower Ten Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The iceman bowed, and held his hat in his two hands behind him.


    O. Henry
  • The iceman was standing near his buggy, and Carlson plainly heard "Williams" remark: "Well, the cottage is rented."

    The Crime of the Century

    Henry M. Hunt
  • The opinion was now almost general that iceman O'Sullivan knew more concerning the tragedy than he was willing to admit.

    The Crime of the Century

    Henry M. Hunt
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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