irregardless

adverb
ir·​re·​gard·​less | \ ˌir-i-ˈgärd-ləs How to pronounce irregardless (audio) \

Definition of irregardless

nonstandard
: regardless I told them that irregardless of what you read in books, they's some members of the theatrical profession that occasionally visits the place where they sleep.— Ring Lardner

Frequently Asked Questions About irregardless

Is irregardless a word?

"Yes. It may not be a word that you like, or a word that you would use in a term paper, but irregardless certainly is a word. It has been in use for well over 200 years, employed by a large number of people across a wide geographic range and with a consistent meaning. That is why we, and well-nigh every other dictionary of modern English, define this word."

Does irregardless mean the same thing as regardless?

Yes. We define irregardless as "regardless." Many people find irregardless to be a nonsensical word, as the ir- prefix usually functions to indication negation; however, in this case it appears to function as an intensifier. Similar ir- words, while rare, do exist in English, including irremediless ("remediless"), irresistless ("resistless") and irrelentlessly ("relentlessly).

Is irregardless slang?

Slang is defined as "an informal nonstandard vocabulary composed typically of coinages, arbitrarily changed words, and extravagant, forced, or facetious figures of speech." Nonstandard, on the other hand, is "not conforming in pronunciation, grammatical construction, idiom, or word choice to the usage generally characteristic of educated native speakers of a language". While there may be overlap between these two categories, we label irregardless as "nonstandard" rather than "slang."

First Known Use of irregardless

1795, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for irregardless

probably blend of irrespective and regardless

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18 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Irregardless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/irregardless. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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