Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characterized by or constituting irony.
  • adj. Given to the use of irony. See Synonyms at sarcastic.
  • adj. Poignantly contrary to what was expected or intended: madness, an ironic fate for such a clear thinker.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Characterized by or constituting (any kind of) irony.
  • adj. Given to the use of irony; sarcastic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Ironical.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as ironical.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. characterized by often poignant difference or incongruity between what is expected and what actually is
  • adj. humorously sarcastic or mocking

Etymologies

irony +‎ -ic (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • In defense of Alanis... she's just saying it's like those things. She's not saying it is those things.

    *expects volley of fufluns*

    March 23, 2011

  • There was once a very poor couple. The woman had long, beautiful hair of which she was very fond, so for Christmas, the man bought her a beautiful comb; to afford it, he had to sell his watch, which he prized very highly. The woman knew he loved this watch, so she bought him a beautiful new chain for it, but to afford it, she had to cut off and sell all her hair.

    March 23, 2011

  • when you say something but you really don´t mean that, opposite of that what you mean

    May 15, 2009

  • As seen in a Cracked's 9 Words That Don't Mean What You Think.

    November 26, 2007

  • Awesome.

    May 3, 2007

  • For reference, once Wikipedia was back up again, I concluded that it was not ironic :)

    May 2, 2007

  • "A traffic jam when you're already late
    A 'no smoking' sign on your cigarette break
    It's like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife
    It's meeting the man of my dreams
    And then meeting his beautiful wife
    And isn't it ironic...dontcha think
    A little too ironic...and yeah I really do think..."

    January 10, 2007

  • Despite what the song says, rain on your wedding day, or a free ride when you've already paid, is not ironic. It sucks, but it's not ironic.

    December 8, 2006

  • Let's play a game. Count the number of times irony is used on this site. First one to spot it 10 times wins a prize.

    December 8, 2006

  • For something to be ironic, it must be both coincidental and paradoxical (or at the very least counterintuitive). Not just coincidental or even coincidental and unfortunate. To say, "Ironically, we arrived at the same time," would be incorrect unless, perhaps, both of you left from the same point at the same time but one of you headed West by donkey and the other traveled by plane, heading East.

    Personally, I like an element of poetic justice as well. So, if the donkey rider also sat atop an animal named "Glider" and the plane passenger had acted like an ass, well, that's ironic.

    December 8, 2006

  • I'm pretty sure that us being the first people to argue about the definition of irony on this site makes us heroes of pedantry. :D

    December 3, 2006

  • If he were going to the store to buy milk, riding a milk-powered car and eating milksicles then I'd say sure, it'd be ironic. Because there's an abundance of milk in the context. Just as this guy was looking for irony but was rendered unable to by a force which may or may not be ironic. That is, his not getting to the page isn't ironic, but his continued confusion because of his inability to access the page is.

    The section on the page that talks about comic irony also has some similar uses.
    "...an ironic situation might involve getting hit by a rib-delivery truck after trying to poison someone with bad rib-sauce in order to steal his or her gems,"
    "...a hapless cat is trapped against an inside house window, having to watch the once-in-a-lifetime consequences of a collison outside between a truck labeled "Al's Rodents," and another labeled "Ernie's Small, Flightless Birds.""

    December 3, 2006

  • There is a sharp incongruity between expecting to look something up on Wikipedia and Wikipedia being down? The universe was really mocking ZoFreX because Wikipedia wasn't working? Under this definition, "I went to the store to buy some milk, but they were out" is ironic, which just doesn't work for me.

    December 3, 2006

  • I'd argue it fell under the category of cosmic irony. From the aforementioned Wikipedia page:

    "Cosmic irony is a sharp incongruity between our expectation of an outcome and what actually occurs, as if the universe were mocking us."

    December 3, 2006

  • It isn't at all ironic, under any definition of irony that I've ever heard.

    December 3, 2006

  • <@ZoFreX> goddammit
    <@ZoFreX> I forgot the definition of irony
    <@ZoFreX> so I went to look it up on Wikipedia
    <@ZoFreX> but Wikipedia is down
    <@ZoFreX> AND I DON'T KNOW WHETHER THAT'S IRONIC OR NOT

    December 3, 2006