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 Anheuser Bush supported Bud Light Seltzer with a comical ad campaign that aired during prominent NFL games like the Super Bowl and during the opening games of the newly relaunched XFL's first season. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Bud Light Seltzer is already a sensation," 19 Feb. 2020 Jaffe has an irreverent stage presence — featuring an array of comical voices — that does not change whether in a small club or a more refined setting such as this one. Dallas News, "Sarah Jaffe performs at the Meyerson, offering thoughtful retrospective on her career," 4 Feb. 2020 That action turned comical when the fight had to be halted in the ninth round when Crews-Dezurn had to stop to fix her wig that had been knocked off by her opponent. John Whisler,, "Alamodome card draws 6,324 after sponsor provides late boost," 16 Jan. 2020 In one comical case, according to multiple sources, U.S. Gen. Omar Bradley had his jeep's tires shot out by an MP after correctly answering that the capital of Illinois is Springfield. Nick Hollkamp, The Courier-Journal, "8 things to know about The Battle of the Bulge ahead of its 75th anniversary," 16 Dec. 2019 The wall adds to Kushner's growing portfolio of responsibilities, which some of his critics have said border on comical. Author: Josh Dawsey, Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump demand for pre-election progress on border wall means 800 filings to seize property needed," 26 Nov. 2019 Wojciechowski, who knew almost nothing about hockey, found this rather comical. Jimmy Greenfield,, "'There's a whole legacy to live up to': Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman passes his passion for hockey to his 3 kids — and they love the game too," 16 June 2019 Death could be comical, like being eaten by a cowplant (which is literally a cow-plant-hybrid that lures unsuspecting Sims into its chomps) or cursed by a mummy. Washington Post, "How The Sims navigated 20 years of change to become one of the most successful franchises ever," 4 Feb. 2020 This jarring disconnect between the forecasts and the real Trump economy would be comical if the policy stakes weren’t so high. Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review, "Navarro’s Faith-Based Case for Tariffs," 17 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of comical

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Feb 2020

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“Comical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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) \

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comically adverb

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