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 comical (audio) \ noun
comically \ ˈkä-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce comical (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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First Known Use of comical

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Comical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of comical

: causing laughter especially by being unusual or unexpected


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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