laugh·​able ˈla-fə-bəl How to pronounce laughable (audio)
: of a kind to provoke laughter or sometimes derision : amusingly ridiculous
laughableness noun
laughably adverb
Choose the Right Synonym for laughable

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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Word History

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of laughable was in 1600

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“Laughable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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laugh·​able ˈlaf-ə-bəl How to pronounce laughable (audio)
: causing laughter or scorn : ridiculous
laughableness noun
laughably adverb

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