- 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.
- 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
- Characterized by or constituting irony.
- Given to the use of irony.
- Poignantly contrary to what was expected or intended: madness, an ironic fate for such a clear thinker.
(comparative more ironic, superlative most ironic)
Some writers complain about an overuse of the word ironic to extend to situations which are remarkable for reasons other than irony - perhaps just coincidental or merely odd.
From Middle French ironique, from Late Latin ironicus