Origin of icebergprobably via Dutch ijsberg, literally , ice mountain ; from Scand, as in Danish isbjerg ; from is, ice + bjerg, mountain
tip of the iceberg
Origin of icebergfrom the fact that most of an iceberg is submerged and thus unseen
- A huge mass of ocean-floating ice which has broken off a glacier or ice shelf
- The Titanic hit an iceberg and sank.
- (US, slang) An aloof person.
- (figuratively, after an adjective) An impending disastrous event whose adverse effects are only beginning to show, in reference to one-tenth of the volume of an iceberg being visible above water.
- ice floe
From Dutch ijsberg, compound of ijs “ice” + berg “mountain”. First used to describe a glacier as seen at a distance from a ship then used as a term to describe the floating chunks of ice broken off from such glaciers. Compare German Eisberg, Danish isbjerg, Norwegian/Swedish isberg, Welsh eisberg.