held fast or hemmed in by ice; frozen in: an icebound ship.
obstructed or shut off by ice: an icebound harbor.

Origin of icebound

First recorded in 1650–60; ice + -bound1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for icebound

ice-cold, icy, frigid, chilled, iced, numb, frosted, arctic, Siberian, antarctic

Examples from the Web for icebound

Historical Examples of icebound

  • Were the Reds engaged in enlarging their icebound headquarters?

    The Time Traders

    Andre Norton

  • The newcomer vainly strove to move his icebound jaws and jowls.

  • Rather they seemed places for summer trips alone, to be left in winter icebound and desolate.

  • I look down at the little stream and the little mill that has been icebound all the winter, and I stop.


    Knut Hamsun

  • Before them stretched tumbled hills, converging on an icebound lake.

    The Nest Builder

    Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale

British Dictionary definitions for icebound



covered or made immobile by ice; frozen inan icebound ship
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