comical

adjective
com·​i·​cal | \ˈkä-mi-kəl \

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 \ noun
comically \ˈkä-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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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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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 The most popular posts by far have tended to be comical rather than truly spooky; the post with the most impressions is a Polo Ralph Lauren toilet that, so far, has reached 1.5 million people. Margaret Lin, Curbed, "This meme page curates the best of the internet’s ‘spooky toilets’," 5 Oct. 2018 Avon Haughton as Haemon, Creon’s truth-telling son, and Anthony Vaughn Merchant, as a broadly comical guard, do better with more naturalistic performances. Laura Collins-hughes, New York Times, "Review: ‘Antigone’ Asserts Whose Lives Matter, With Modern Relevance," 9 July 2018 The 37-year wait for the Triple Crown of horse racing, mercifully ended three years ago when amazing American Pharoah crossed the finish line first at the 2015 Belmont Stakes, was at the same time exasperating, demoralizing, and borderline comical. Sean Gregory/elmont, Time, "Justify Wins the 13th Triple Crown in Horse Racing History," 9 June 2018 Nonetheless, the headlines have been alarmist, if not downright comical. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Giancarlo Stanton struggling to measure up to high expectations of New York," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of comical

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of comical

: causing laughter especially by being unusual or unexpected

comical

adjective
com·​i·​cal | \ˈkä-mi-kəl \

Kids Definition of comical

: funny entry 1 sense 1, ridiculous a comical sight

Other Words from comical

comically adverb

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