iceberg

noun ice·berg \ ˈīs-ˌbərg \
|Updated on: 11 Jun 2018

Definition of iceberg

1 : a large floating mass of ice detached from a glacier
2 : an emotionally cold person

Examples of iceberg in a Sentence

  1. a brilliant doctor, no doubt, but both patients and staff complain that he is an iceberg

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Origin and Etymology of iceberg

probably partial translation of Danish or Norwegian isberg, from is ice + berg mountain

iceberg Synonyms

Synonyms

cold fish, cold turkey;

Near Antonyms

dear, sweetheart, sweetie;



ICEBERG Defined for English Language Learners

iceberg

Definition of iceberg for English Language Learners

  • : a very large piece of ice floating in the ocean


ICEBERG Defined for Kids

iceberg

noun ice·berg \ ˈīs-ˌbərg \

Definition of iceberg for Students

: a large mass of ice that has broken away from a glacier and is floating in the ocean


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