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 comicality (audio) \ noun
comically \ ˈkä-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce comically (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.
Recent Examples on the Web Foster, who has more than half a million followers, tends to stick with comical and self-deprecating content of her and her famous sister, Sara Foster. Marika Gerken, CNN, "This celebrity used her Instagram following to help teachers stock their classrooms with school supplies," 6 Sep. 2020 Along with the comical message, Dobrev shared a silly selfie of the couple. Jodi Guglielmi,, "Nina Dobrev Wishes Boyfriend Shaun White Happy Birthday in Funny Instagram Post," 3 Sep. 2020 There’s something darkly comical about the fretfulness of these elite petitioners. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "A Deeply Provincial View of Free Speech," 13 July 2020 Friends and family will get a kick out of these clever and comical names. Karla Pope, Good Housekeeping, "100 Boy Dog Names That Are as Charming and Special as Your Pup," 18 Aug. 2020 As Huyler gathers the injured and the saved, Eliot Weinberger, in Angels & Saints (Christine Burgin/New Directions, $26.95), collects records and rumors of messengers and martyrs the world over—the results are just as bloody, and a lot more comical. Lidija Haas, Harper's Magazine, "New Books," 18 Aug. 2020 Richard Gere baring all in American Gigolo; the comical wrestling scene in Borat. Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies': Film Review," 13 Aug. 2020 Well, two front-line retail workers-turned-authors are providing their own escape: comical novels set in a luxury department store. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "These luxury retail workers are storytellers, too," 12 Aug. 2020 Granted, Project Veritas, whose fervor to own the libs is matched only by its comical incompetence, is hardly likely to tip the election in Donald Trump’s favor all by itself. Matthew Phelan, The New Republic, "Inside the Project Veritas Plan to Steal the Election," 3 Aug. 2020

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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. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of comical

: causing laughter especially by being unusual or unexpected


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