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.

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At its most comical, the Florida Man phenomenon encapsulates the wildness of both America and the Internet. Author: Logan Hill, Anchorage Daily News, "Is it OK to laugh at Florida Man?," 16 July 2019 Isaac, the Golden Globe-winning actor who, like Moreno, emigrated from Guatemala and played in a South Florida punk band early in his career, joined Moreno mid-show for a set that included the sweetly comical title song to her 2016 album Illusion. Thom Duffy, Billboard, "Jackson Browne, Oscar Isaac Surprise Gaby Moreno Fans at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival," 13 July 2019 After reading a study in which participants rated the humorousness of some 5,000 English words, psychologists Chris Westbury and Geoff Hollis wanted to break down what makes a word intrinsically comical. Ryan Morris, National Geographic, "Tinkle, booger, flapjacks, schmuck. What makes a word funny?," 27 June 2019 Oshoala struck 15 minutes from the end with a super burst and finish to seal the win after a comical own goal from Kim Do-yeon, who somehow hooked a long ball back past onrushing goalkeeper Kim Min-jung, had put Nigeria ahead in the 29th minute., "Nigeria close in their 2nd-ever KO round after defeating South Korea," 12 June 2019 Over the past year-ish, the leopard skirt has reached comical levels of infamy. Glamour, "This $80 Tie-Dye Tank Top Might Already Be the Fashion Item for Summer 2019," 6 June 2019 Cleveland has won one game since Jackson’s arrival in 2016 with a quarterback carousel that has become comical. Lindsay H. Jones, USA TODAY, "History is not on side of 'Hard Knocks'-bound Browns or coach Hue Jackson," 17 May 2018 Bordering on comical, the cardinal is essentially two burritos in one, a duo of flour tortillas joining together and filled to near bursting with fries, refried beans, guacamole, cheese and sour cream. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "This Mexican restaurant near U of L serves up some indulgent (and big!) food," 3 July 2019 The back and forth banter between Ma$e and his longtime DJ throughout the performance was both comical and refreshing, adding to the authentic feel of the show and perfectly complimenting an excellent set list. Okla Jones, Essence, "Ma$e Brings Harlem World To New Orleans During The 25th annual Essence Festival Weekend," 8 July 2019

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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 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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