IRC Internet Relay Chat is a virtual meeting place where people from all over the world can meet and talk; you'll find the whole diversity of human interests, ideas, and issues here, and you'll be able to participate in group discussions on one of the many thousands of IRC channels, on hundreds of IRC networks, or just talk in private to family or friends, wherever they are in the world.
IRC is a great place to hang out and talk.
by Mikal S. April 27, 2005
Top Definition
Abbreviation for Internet Relay Chat. A multiplayer notepad.
by dIRe_ July 31, 2003
IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is a chat protocol initially developed as a means of communication back in the days of BBS (Bulletin Board System).

Clients connect to a specified server which is part of a collection of servers known as an IRC network. If a client is to send a message to a user on a different server within the same IRC network, the message is relayed between the servers and then to the other client.

IRC is a text only means of communication, non-text communications or files are sent via IRC's file transfer protocol, known as DCC.

Unlike other chat protocols, IRC does not require you to have an account that you sign in with, but most IRC networks offer you the ability to reserve your nickname.

Common IRC clients include X-Chat, mIRC, Irssi and BitchX.
I went to chat on IRC last night but ghee was lagged..
by webjunkie June 11, 2005
Short for Internet Relay Chat. Is a great and more advanced way of talking to people.
Although I mostly use AIM, because everyone has it, IRC is for the more advanced user, you hardly ever see any n00bs on any channels.
by SCANK May 08, 2005
It's a place where broken and odd people gather to get drunk in a flood of text and insanity.
Many people in irc share thoughts and feelings that they would never reveal to another human on a personal level.
by Kurisuchanrin June 14, 2004
Internet Relay Chat; It's how hackers talk when they don't want to be overheard. It's a pretty primitive chat program. Think of it like shipping channels in the ocean: you can't see them until a boat cuts through the water leaving a wake. If two boats meet in the middle of the ocean to swap a load of illegal drugs, you have to catch them in realtime. Otherwise there's no record of the meeting left behind.
***connecting to port_6667 of #channel irc
***loading .ircr version 2.9.5+Cr17f+F08
***users on #channel: @the_fist, @00zemeister
> the_fist G07 4 5urpr153 4 U
by Numb3rs lol November 14, 2009
IRC is a colossal time waster. Its a place to go chat instead of having a social life. I've replaced studying for exams with IRC
I have an exam 10 minutes ago
by mikeshoup November 18, 2004
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