comical

adjective
com·​i·​cal | \ ˈkä-mi-kəl How to pronounce comical (audio) \

Definition of comical

1 obsolete : of or relating to comedy
2 : causing laughter especially because of a startlingly or unexpectedly humorous impact wearing a comical expression

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Other Words from comical

comicality \ ˌkä-​mi-​ˈka-​lə-​tē How to pronounce comicality (audio) \ noun
comically \ ˈkä-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce comically (audio) \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for comical

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

Examples of comical in a Sentence

I must have looked comical in that big hat. The way they argue is almost comical.

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Moylan had a comical moment Wednesday during a 4-0 loss to the Phillies. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Peter Moylan needed a little help finding a ball that was inches from his foot | The Kansas City Star," 24 May 2018 Ludwig Augustinsson and Andreas Granqvist had put Sweden into a comfortable position with goals shortly after half time, while Mexico's Edson Álvarez rounded off the scoring with a comical own goal. SI.com, "Sweden Coach Janne Andersson Lauds Match-Winning Tactics as Win Over Mexico Cements Last 16 Spot," 28 June 2018 The good thing is, French dog owners found his behavior comical. New York Times, "In France, Our Dog Has His Day," 21 Feb. 2018 Leach and Petersen don’t cross paths often outside of the annual rivalry game, but the UW coach rehashed a comical non-Apple Cup encounter with his WSU counterpart during Monday’s media availability. Theo Lawson, The Seattle Times, "A sweet Apple Cup: ‘Why can’t you be more like the Petersen boy?’," 20 Nov. 2018 For those of us obliged to consume a large daily diet of this stuff, the nonstop tendentiousness has become almost comical. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "A Referendum on Trump," 31 Oct. 2018 Though originally written as a parody of slasher films, the final product ended up as a half-comical, half-serious flick about a slumber party that gets disrupted by a power-drill-slinging murderer. Ashley Nkadi, Teen Vogue, "15 Scary Movies Directed by Women Perfect for Halloween," 30 Oct. 2018 The way people talk about art today is more comical than ever before. David Pagel, latimes.com, "An ugly kind of pretty: The unruly painting of Daniel Crews-Chubb," 14 Apr. 2018 The notion that schools are being victimized is comical. Jason Gay, WSJ, "The End of the NCAA Illusion," 18 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of comical

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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comical

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of comical

: causing laughter especially by being unusual or unexpected

comical

adjective
com·​i·​cal | \ ˈkä-mi-kəl How to pronounce comical (audio) \

Kids Definition of comical

: funny entry 1 sense 1, ridiculous a comical sight

Other Words from comical

comically adverb

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