[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. irondequoit,
  2. irone,
  3. ironer,
  4. ironfisted,
  5. ironhanded,
  6. ironical,
  7. ironically,
  8. ironing,
  9. ironing board,
  10. ironist

Origin of ironic

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for non-ironic



/ (aɪˈrɒnɪk) /


of, characterized by, or using irony
Derived Formsironicalness, noun

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Word Origin and History for non-ironic



1620s, from Late Latin ironicus, from Greek eironikos "dissembling, putting on a feigned ignorance," from eironeia (see irony). Related: Ironical (1570s); ironically.

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