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[ahys-man] /ˈaɪsˌmæn/
noun, plural icemen.
a man whose business is gathering, storing, selling, or delivering ice.
Origin of iceman
1835-45; ice + man1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for iceman
  • His father was an iceman, he had five siblings and the family lived on poverty's edge.
  • She would not purchase a refrigerator for fear the local iceman might lose his job.
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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