Definition of eiron in English:

eiron

noun

  • A stock character in ancient Greek comedy characterized by self-depreciation, modesty of speech, and awareness of irony. Hence in extended use: a character of this type. Contrasted with alazon .

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in American Journal Education. From ancient Greek εἴρων person who says less than he or she thinks.

Pronunciation

eiron

/ˈʌɪrɒn/