Simple Definition of risible
: deserving to be laughed at : very silly or unreasonable
Examples of risible in a sentence
The suggestion was downright risible.
<a risible comment that made the whole class laugh>
Did You Know?
If someone makes a ridiculous remark about your risible muscles, he or she is not necessarily deriding your physique. Risible can also mean "associated with laughter," so risible muscles can simply be the ones used for laughing. (You've also got a set of risorius muscles around your mouth that help you smile.) Next time you find something laughable, tip your hat to ridēre, the Latin verb meaning "to laugh" that gave us risible (and ridiculous and deride, by the way).
Origin and Etymology of risible
Late Latin risibilis, from Latin risus, past participle of ridēre to laugh
First Known Use: 1557
Rhymes with risible
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