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

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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Telling the story properly means telling the truth, and the truth of Gadsby's stories is far from comical. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Nanette Is The Netflix Special That's Going To Change Comedy — & The World," 27 June 2018 The promised repeal of Obamacare has failed a comical number of times (yet remains undead). Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "How the Republican Party Eats Itself, But Stays Alive," 8 May 2018 The Last Love Story’ is comical and lighthearted and yet, presents the issue of what sells in the entertainment industry vs. what people really long to see. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Comedy reigns in 2018 one-act original play festival opening in West Allis June 1," 31 May 2018 The internet is getting nostalgic this week, with celebrities and everyday citizens alike posting their cute, comical and cringe-worthy old photos under the hashtag #OldHeadshotDay. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Everyone's Posting Adorable, Awkward and Adorably Awkward Old Photos of Themselves for #OldHeadshotDay," 28 Apr. 2018 The whole thing felt surreal and backward and yet oddly comical too. Annabelle Dunne, Vogue, "I Took 30 Days Off From My Job, Family, and Cell Phone—Here’s What Happened," 17 June 2018 Perhaps these have to be included to better inform an otherwise unaware audience, but at a certain point, the continuation of the same themes becomes comical. Matt Giles, Longreads, "How to Cover Native American Sports," 14 Apr. 2018 Both teams relentlessly hunted for mismatches in almost comical fashion. Rohan Nadkarni,, "Five Thoughts: Are the Warriors Simply Too Much For the Rockets?," 14 May 2018 Emo’s general argument was that the proper response to futility was not to fight against it or even to wallow in existential longing but instead to deploy an excessive, almost comical level of self-absorption. New York Times, "That Feeling When You Miss the Early 2000s," 8 May 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


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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