Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

laughable

play
adjective laugh·able \ˈla-fə-bəl, ˈlä-\

Simple Definition of laughable

  • : bad in a way that seems foolish or silly

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of laughable

  1. :  of a kind to provoke laughter or sometimes derision :  amusingly ridiculous

laughableness noun
laughably play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of laughable in a sentence

  1. His attempt at skiing was laughable.

  2. <the laughable, boisterous antics of the circus clowns>



1596

First Known Use of laughable

1596

Synonym Discussion of laughable

laughable, ludicrous, ridiculous, comic, comical mean provoking laughter or mirth. laughable applies to anything occasioning laughter <laughable attempts at skating>. ludicrous suggests absurdity that excites both laughter and scorn <a thriller with a ludicrous plot>. ridiculous suggests extreme absurdity, foolishness, or contemptibility <a ridiculous display of anger>. comic applies especially to what arouses thoughtful amusement <a comic character>. comical applies to what arouses spontaneous hilarity <a comical hat>.

Rhymes with laughable


LAUGHABLE Defined for Kids

laughable

play
adjective laugh·able \ˈla-fə-bəl, ˈlä-\

Definition of laughable for Students

  1. :  causing or likely to cause laughter or scorn <His attempt at skating was laughable.>

laughably \-blē\ adverb




Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up laughable? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the Celtic May Day festival

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image567572573

Which of these is a synonym of unctuous?

angry maudlin oily prompt
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ