laugh·​able | \ ˈla-fə-bəl , ˈlä-\

Definition of laughable

: of a kind to provoke laughter or sometimes derision : amusingly ridiculous

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Other Words from laughable

laughableness noun
laughably \ ˈla-​fə-​blē , ˈlä-​ \ adverb

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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 laughable in a Sentence

His attempt at skiing was laughable. the laughable, boisterous antics of the circus clowns

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Trump's jab at Jimmy Fallon, which was complete with laughable accusations and outdated, gendered language. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "17 Celebrities Who've Clapped Back at Donald Trump," 23 July 2018 Ling Ma’s debut novel tackles countless themes—immigration, work culture, family, capitalism, and the confusing aimlessness of your early 20s—with a dry wit that keeps the horrific digestible, the repetitive laughable, and the pages turning. Marie Claire, "These Are the Best Books of 2018, According to Our Editors," 15 Oct. 2018 Words are challenged to express how laughable this case is. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "How Greens Humiliate Themselves," 30 Oct. 2018 The outrage about wanting Cranley to resign or be recalled is kind of laughable. Jason Williams,, "PX column: 4 takeaways from the nasty power struggle between John Cranley and Harry Black," 20 Apr. 2018 After that, the idea of Trump shirts wasn't laughable., "Before he ran for office, Trump made millions off his brand. Now his merchandise empire is virtually gone.," 13 Apr. 2018 The reasoning behind it, the safety of women and children, is so faulty as to be almost laughable. Jennifer Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "I’m a transgender Republican. Prop. 1 is anti-freedom.," 31 Mar. 2018 The contemporary handwringing over rude Americans being rude some more is almost laughable., "A long tradition: Americans behaving badly," 5 July 2018 Some observers at the meeting even found the idea laughable. Hillary Davis,, "Newport Harbor ‘is not a port’: Coastal Commission votes to oppose city’s goal of a port master plan," 14 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of laughable

1600, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of laughable

: bad in a way that seems foolish or silly


laugh·​able | \ ˈla-fə-bəl , ˈlä-\

Kids Definition of laughable

: causing or likely to cause laughter or scorn His attempt at skating was laughable.

Other Words from laughable

laughably \ -​blē \ adverb

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to express emotion in a dramatic way

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