com·​i·​cal ˈkä-mi-kəl How to pronounce comical (audio)
obsolete : of or relating to comedy
: causing laughter especially because of a startlingly or unexpectedly humorous impact
wearing a comical expression
comicality noun
comically 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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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of comical was in the 15th century

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“Comical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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com·​i·​cal ˈkäm-i-kəl How to pronounce comical (audio)
comically adverb

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