[ ahy-ron-ik ]
/ aɪˈrɒn ɪk /


using words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning; containing or exemplifying irony: an ironic novel; an ironic remark.
of, relating to, or tending to use irony or mockery; ironical.
coincidental; unexpected: It was ironic that I was seated next to my ex-husband at the dinner.

Origin of ironic

1620–30; < Late Latin īrōnicus < Greek eirōnikós dissembling, insincere. See irony1, -ic

Related forms

non·i·ron·ic, adjectivesem·i-i·ron·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ironic



/ (aɪˈrɒnɪk) /


of, characterized by, or using irony

Derived Forms

ironicalness, noun
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