- a large floating mass of ice, detached from a glacier and carried out to sea.
- Informal. an emotionally cold person.
- Australian Informal. a person who swims or surfs regularly in winter.
- tip of the iceberg, the first hint or revelation of something larger or more complex: The new evidence in the case is just the tip of the iceberg.
Origin of iceberg
Examples from the Web for iceberg
In Russia, Uganda, and elsewhere around the world, legal change is the tip of the iceberg.The Uganda Ruling is Good For Everyone But Gays
August 1, 2014
The recent botched executions are just the tip of the iceberg.Why the Death Penalty Needs to Die
July 31, 2014
The logic here was a little unsound—if I remember the S.S. Titanic story, “Iceberg” would have been the right name.Portrait of the Consummate Con Man
May 17, 2014
Confusion over the catcher's eye black is just the tip of the iceberg for this befuddled limey.Viral Video of the Day: Bad British MLB Commentary
Alex Chancey, Ben Teitelbaum
May 7, 2014
As far as cash-grabs go, the VIP pass is only the tip of the iceberg.Coachella, Oasis For Douchebags and Trust Fund Babies, Should Be Avoided At All Costs
April 12, 2014
There is an iceberg all ready to hand; weve only got to hollow it out.The Field of Ice
I cast anchor under her lee—and 'twas like tyin' up to an iceberg at first.Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Then, with Johnson's assistance, he built a resting-place in an iceberg.
Does the pine contradict the rose or the lotusland the iceberg?Dreamers of the Ghetto
Something would have been hurt, but it would not have been the iceberg.Notes on Life and Letters
- a large mass of ice floating in the sea, esp a mass that has broken off a polar glacier
- tip of the iceberg the small visible part of something, esp a problem or difficulty, that is much larger
- slang, mainly US a person considered to have a cold or reserved manner
Word Origin and History for iceberg
- A massive body of floating ice that has broken away from a glacier or ice field. Most of an iceberg lies underwater, but because ice is not as dense as water, about one ninth of it remains above the surface.
A large piece of ice that has broken away from a glacier at the shore and floated out to sea.