Meaning: To make people comfortable or more talkative at the beginning of a party, meeting, or any other social gathering. The noun form is “ice breaker.”
On the first day of class I always like to do something fun to break the ice.
He saw he needed to break the ice so he told a joke that got everyone laughing.
What should we do for an ice breaker at the new staff meeting?
Which of the following are good ways to break the ice?
A. Two minutes of silence.
B. A test.
C. A game in which people learn something interesting about each other.
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The correct answer is C. This type of game at the beginning of a meeting or class is called an ice breaker, and it’s one good way to break the ice.