See also: irl.




  1. (international standards) ISO 3166-1 alpha-3 country code for Ireland.
    Synonym: IE (alpha-2)



Initialisms and abbreviations.

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  1. (motor racing) Initialism of Indy Racing League.


IRL (not comparable)

  1. (Internet slang) Initialism of in real life (as opposed to online).
    Synonym: in the flesh
    Coordinate terms: in-game, online
    • 2015, Joanna Walsh, Grow a Pair:
      Due to the splendid isolation guaranteed by her social position she had never met a cock IRL and, as there was no Wi-Fi in the palace, she had no opportunity to check the facts.
    • 2015 October 15, “Why is it so hard to go from chatting on Tinder to meeting up in real life?”, in The Guardian[1]:
      I’ve recently been trying out Tinder, and while I match with people and even chat with them everything seems to be going well, but whenever I bring up meeting IRL, they are quick to ghost me.


IRL (not comparable)

  1. Existing or being such in real life.
    His IRL girlfriend.
    • 2020 January 10, Aimee Cliff, “Poppy: I Disagree review – online pop-bot embraces IRL nu-metal”, in The Guardian[2]:
      But as Poppy’s fictional world expanded, Pereira became embroiled in IRL controversy.


IRL (plural IRLs)

  1. (Internet slang) An IRL friend.

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