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

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Other Words from laughable

laughableness noun
laughably \ ˈla-​fə-​blē How to pronounce laughably (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
Recent Examples on the Web For most of human history, the idea that kids could ask for something special for dinner would have been laughable, both because food was much harder to come by and kids didn’t have that kind of sway. Tamar Haspel, Washington Post, "How can we feed our kids better? Start by taking a look in the mirror.," 23 Dec. 2019 This was laughable, but in some ways the Republicans were almost all Barry Loudermilks on Wednesday, endorsing an array of fanciful excuses for the President that were just as implausible, if not so comically ahistorical. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "The House’s Sad, Predictable, Partisan, and Historic Impeachment of Donald Trump," 19 Dec. 2019 The notion of not running against Cincinnati’s porous front is laughable on a million levels. Dave Clark,, "'New York Daily News' column insisted Bengals game would be 'cakewalk' for Jets," 2 Dec. 2019 Just a couple of years ago, the thought of Apple holding a press event focused on apps and games would have been laughable. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple Is Staging a December Press Event, But Its Products Won’t Be in the Spotlight," 19 Nov. 2019 Sanders, of course, was added before Tuesday’s trade deadline because the 49ers have Super Bowl aspirations that would have been laughable two months ago. Eric Branch,, "49ers: Coleman and Bosa star in 51-13 pounding of Panthers," 27 Oct. 2019 Cruising in a first-half in which Ozil was on par with his teammates, the second half collapse was laughable., "Why Outcast Ozil Deserves Another Chance at Arsenal Under Unai Emery," 10 Oct. 2019 Think, for example of the Affordable Care Act — a title that seemed almost laughable in the face of skyrocketing insurance premiums. David French, National Review, "Josh Hawley’s Internet Censorship Bill Is an Unwise, Unconstitutional Mess," 20 June 2019 LeBron James called it laughable on Tuesday that the Lynx hadn't been invited to the White House. Doug Feinberg, Houston Chronicle, "WNBA champion Lynx, with no invite from White House, spend day in Washington for community service," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of laughable

1600, in the meaning defined above

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4 Jan 2020

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“Laughable.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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How to pronounce laughable (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of laughable

: bad in a way that seems foolish or silly


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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