ice·​man ˈīs-ˌman How to pronounce iceman (audio)
: a man skilled in traveling on ice
: one who sells or delivers ice

Examples of iceman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The iceman also had a head injury, possibly sustained at the same time, and his right hand shows a defensive wound. Wire Service, The Mercury News, 9 Apr. 2024 His father was a sheet-metal worker, an iceman and eventually a high school shop teacher and dean. Alex Williams, New York Times, 18 Oct. 2023 Scientists previously thought the iceman was lighter-skinned and hairier in life, but that his mummified corpse had changed over time. CBS News, 16 Aug. 2023 If the iceman swept sawdust off their ice, readers were told to inspect the broom used, as well as the iceman’s hands. Spencer Bevis, Dallas News, 5 Aug. 2021 But now, based on the way his belongings were scattered and the timing of his last meal, some archaeologists think the iceman named Ötzi may have had a proper funeral. Joseph Calamia, Discover Magazine, 26 Aug. 2010 Though many previous studies have looked at the body itself, ScienceNOWreports that archaeologist Alessandro Vanzetti and his team looked at all of the iceman's gear. Joseph Calamia, Discover Magazine, 26 Aug. 2010 The new analysis suggests the iceman’s dramatic death, shot in the back with an arrow, remains the most unusual aspect of the find. Byandrew Curry,, 7 Nov. 2022 Late in the year, the iceman was running away from someone or something, possibly a conflict, and decided to hide out in the mountains. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of iceman was in 1827

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“Iceman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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ice·​man ˈī-ˌsman How to pronounce iceman (audio)
: one who sells or delivers ice

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