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adjective lu·di·crous \ˈlü-də-krəs\

Simple Definition of ludicrous

  • : very foolish

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ludicrous

  1. 1 :  amusing or laughable through obvious absurdity, incongruity, exaggeration, or eccentricity

  2. 2 :  meriting derisive laughter or scorn as absurdly inept, false, or foolish

ludicrously adverb
ludicrousness noun

Examples of ludicrous in a sentence

  1. Some of this censorship is trivial, some is ludicrous, and some is breathtaking in its power to dumb down what children learn in school. —Diane Ravitch, The Language Police, 2003

  2. The serious and the absurd have to be learnt together; but ludicrous theatrical buffoonery is fit only for foreigners. —Iris Murdoch, The Fire & the Sun, 1977

  3. The girl didn't comment on the steepness, or the brambles, or the fact that it seemed ludicrous to cart furniture through an apparently endless forest. —Anne Tyler, The Clock Winder, 1972

  4. Her teachers complained that instead of doing her sums she covered her slate with animals, the blank pages of her atlas were used to copy maps on, and caricatures of the most ludicrous description came fluttering out of all her books at unlucky moments. —Louisa May Alcott, Little Women, 1868-69

  5. <the ludicrous sight of their teacher in a Halloween costume>

  6. <a ludicrous and easily detected attempt to forge his father's signature on a note to school>

Origin of ludicrous

Latin ludicrus, from ludus play, sport; perhaps akin to Greek loidoros abusive

First Known Use: 1712

Synonym Discussion of ludicrous

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>.

LUDICROUS Defined for Kids


adjective lu·di·crous \ˈlü-də-krəs\

Definition of ludicrous for Students

  1. :  funny because of being ridiculous :  absurd <a ludicrous idea>

ludicrously adverb

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expressing little or no emotion

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