laugh·​able | \ ˈla-fə-bəl How to pronounce laughable (audio) , ˈlä- \

Definition of laughable

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

Other Words from laughable

laughableness noun
laughably \ ˈla-​fə-​blē How to pronounce laughable (audio) , 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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First Known Use of laughable

1600, in the meaning defined above

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22 May 2022

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“Laughable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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laugh·​able | \ ˈla-fə-bəl How to pronounce laughable (audio) , 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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