[ ahy-ron-i-kuhl ]
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  1. pertaining to, of the nature of, exhibiting, or characterized by irony or mockery: an ironical compliment;an ironical smile.

  2. using or prone to irony: an ironical speaker.

Origin of ironical

First recorded in 1570–80; ironic + -al1

Other words for ironical

Other words from ironical

  • i·ron·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • i·ron·i·cal·ness, noun
  • non·i·ron·i·cal, adjective
  • non·i·ron·i·cal·ness, noun
  • sem·i-i·ron·i·cal, adjective
  • un·i·ron·i·cal, adjective

Words Nearby ironical Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use ironical in a sentence

  • "You should go to bed," she replied, with that ironical air which went so well with her delicate and witty face.

    Camille (La Dame aux Camilias) | Alexandre Dumas, fils
  • "We are not all like you, my dear Lieutenant," said Coronado, in a tone which might have been either apologetical or ironical.

    Overland | John William De Forest
  • The Duc de Mayenne led away the new king, while the other two brothers exchanged an ironical smile.

    Chicot the Jester | Alexandre Dumas, Pere