For the Wiktionary IRC channel, see Wiktionary:IRC channel.


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  1. (Internet) Initialism of Internet Relay Chat.
  2. (US law) Initialism of Internal Revenue Code.
  3. Initialism of International Rescue Committee.

Derived termsEdit


IRC (plural IRCs or IRC's)

  1. (postal) Initialism of international reply coupon.


IRC (third-person singular simple present IRCs, present participle IRCing, simple past and past participle IRCed)

  1. (intransitive, Internet, informal) To participate in Internet Relay Chat.
    • 1995, Stuart Harris, The Irc Survival Guide:
      <Xantha> <- irced 2 yrs without aliases []
    • 2002, James Arnt Aune, Selling the Free Market:
      [] IRCing can confirm the observation that work and play appear to constitute a continuum for the digerati.
    • 2004, Allison Rushby, Friday Night Cocktails:
      [] not that this is strange or anything, I do the same thing myself when I'm IRCing — there're some real weirdos out there roaming the Net []