comical

adjective com·i·cal \ ˈkä-mi-kəl \
|Updated on: 18 Jun 2018

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

comicality

play \ˌkä-mi-ˈka-lə-tē\ noun

comically

play \ˈkä-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of comical in a Sentence

  1. I must have looked comical in that big hat.

  2. The way they argue is almost comical.

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First Known Use of comical

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Synonym Discussion of 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

COMICAL Defined for English Language Learners

comical

Definition of comical for English Language Learners

  • : causing laughter especially by being unusual or unexpected


COMICAL Defined for Kids

comical

adjective com·i·cal \ ˈkä-mi-kəl \

Definition of comical for Students

: 1funny 1, ridiculous
  • a comical sight

comically

adverb


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