Definitions for: Ridiculous


[adj] inspiring scornful pity; "how silly an ardent and unsuccessful wooer can be especially if he is getting on in years"- Dashiell Hammett
[adj] broadly or extravagantly humorous; resembling farce; "the wild farcical exuberance of a clown"; "ludicrous green hair"
[adj] completely devoid of wisdom or good sense; "the absurd excuse that the dog ate his homework"; "ask a nonsensical question and get a nonsensical answer"; "a contribution so small as to be laughable"; "it is ludicrous to call a cottage a mansion"; "a preposterous attempt to turn back the pages of history"; "her conceited assumption of universal interest in her rather dull children was ridiculous"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ri*dic"u*lous, a. [L. ridiculosus, ridiculus, fr.
ridere to laigh. Cf. Risible.]
1. Fitted to excite ridicule; absurd and laughable; unworthy
of serious consideration; as, a ridiculous dress or
behavior.

Agricola, discerning that those little targets and
unwieldy glaives ill pointed would soon become
ridiculous against the thrust and close, commanded
three Batavian cohorts . . . to draw up and come to
handy strokes. --Milton.

2. Involving or expressing ridicule. [r.]

[It] provokes me to ridiculous smiling. --Shak.

Syn: Ludicrous; laughable; risible; droll; comical; absurd;
preposterous. See Ludicrous. --- Ri*dic"u*lous*ly,
adv. -- Ri*dic"u*lous*ness, n.

Synonyms: absurd, derisory, farcical, foolish, humorous, humourous, laughable, ludicrous, nonsensical, pathetic, preposterous, silly, undignified

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