- The definition of ironic is something that is exactly the opposite of what is meant or expected to happen.
- An example of ironic is a vegan wearing a fur coat.
- An example of ironic is moving an event indoors because of rain and having the fire sprinklers accidently come on.
ironic definition by Webster's New World
- meaning the contrary of what is expressed
- using, or given to the use of, irony
- having the quality of irony; directly opposite to what is or might be expected
- marked by coincidence or by a curious or striking juxtaposition of events: regarded by many as a loose usage
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- ironically adverb
ironic definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Characterized by or constituting irony.
- Given to the use of irony. See Synonyms at sarcastic.
- Poignantly contrary to what was expected or intended: madness, an ironic fate for such a clear thinker.
- i·ronˈi·cal·ly adverb
- i·ronˈi·cal·ness noun