An example of irony is someone who talks a lot having nothing to say when asked a question.
An example of irony is a whaling ship being used to save marine animals after a tsunami.
An irony that the firehouse burned.
Origin of irony
- French ironie from Old French from Latin īrōnīa from Greek eirōneia feigned ignorance from eirōn dissembler probably from eirein to say wer-5 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- First attested in 1502. From Middle French ironie, from Old French, from Latin īrōnīa, from Ancient Greek εἰρωνεία (eirōneia, “irony, pretext”), from εἴρων (eirōn, “one who feigns ignorance”).
- iron + -y