Definition of IRL in English:



  • 1The Republic of Ireland (international vehicle registration).

    • ‘Your car probably already has an IRL euronumberplate and many of the other items - on sale at exorbitant rates - are merely recommended, not mandatory.’
  • 2In real life (used in video games, online contexts, etc. to refer to social interaction in the physical world)

    ‘a lot of us have never met each other IRL, but we all share this common bond’
    • ‘Otherwise, everone I know irl who's working in the games industry is doing (or has already done) a long slog through playtesting, or business paperwork, or PR, or sales.’
    • ‘I can see where there may be difficulties but I certainly find them a more attractive proposition - the sort of conversation I would contribute to IRL.’
    • ‘Or do you think I should ease out of it as gently as possible and just wait a while for somebody to come along IRL?’
    • ‘Relating charisma and identity - I think everyone would admit to having met people who were more charismatic online or IRL than they were in the other medium.’
    • ‘The budding relationship moved to IRL within three weeks: our first date was on the fourth of July.’
    • ‘We also got physical very much earlier in the relationship than I wanted to (we met online and had communicated extensively before meeting IRL).’
    • ‘But you must ask for help IRL.’
    • ‘In some ways, cyberskulking is even more alluring, more addicting than the IRL thing.’
    • ‘Brava on being brave enough to meet an online guy IRL.’
    • ‘We're just equally anonymous strangers on the internet, someone who can see the situation IRL might be of more help with advice.’
    • ‘I attribute a good percent of our success to the fact that we met IRL almost as soon as we "met" online.’
    • ‘Normally I'd have a full-fledged comedy update here, but due to some very unpleasant IRL (in real life) drama, my comedy well is temporarily dry.’
    • ‘Tend to think Lee would really upset me IRL.’
    • ‘If you divide yourself up on an internet / IRL basis than surely you're just as likely to divide yourself up everywhere?’
    • ‘Don't think anyone really cares about it - no-one I know IRL has talked about it.’
    • ‘One might question which is the more "real": the cybersexual encounter or the IRL encounter.’
    • ‘But please let me caution you not to let things move as fast IRL as they do on the Internet.’
    • ‘More to the point, have you struck up something e- (platonic or otherwise) that you'd like to take IRL?’
    • ‘The whole business with the ciggie really annoyed me, and I felt that if I'd met the character irl I'd absolutely hate him.’
    • ‘Your conviction might not have to do with religion, but you could troll - online or IRL - a community likely to share it.’