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 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 The Y2K-bug issue was pretty straightforward, almost comical. oregonlive, "‘Y2K bug’ threatened to bring chaos 20 years ago, causing ‘freaked out’ Oregonians to prepare for the worst," 23 Dec. 2019 The number of scoreboards and video displays is comical — the Warriors boast that the square footage is the most of any NBA arena — and the rake of the upper tier is so steep that people with bad knees or vertigo might visit only once. John King,, "A bit of a jumble, the Warriors’ Chase Center still scores for the fans," 21 Oct. 2019 The almost comical onslaught of ads in Wednesday’s newspapers represents drug makers’ last stab at sinking Democrats’ signature drug pricing bill. Nicholas Florko, STAT, "It’s a bonanza: With drug pricing bill up for a vote, D.C. news outlets are drowning in advocacy ads," 11 Dec. 2019 Five actors perform the work of dozens in this comical concoction directed by Jaime Castañeda, who gives them free rein for creative craziness. Tom Titus, Daily Pilot, "On Theater: Raunchy fun in South Coast Repertory’s ‘Canadians’," 8 Oct. 2019 The speed and certainty with which the conventional wisdom in Washington flips can be a comical thing to watch. Michael Tomasky, The New York Review of Books, "Michael Tomasky," 21 Feb. 2019 Maitlis and her viewers were supposed to believe that Andrew found his presence at a High Street favorite so unthinkable as to be almost comical. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "Prince Andrew’s Noxious Interview About Jeffrey Epstein," 18 Nov. 2019

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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 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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