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

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The jury is still out on Fred, but to suggest Sanchez would improve the squad is laughable., "Man Utd's Summer Tour Squad Was Not the One Fans Wanted to See When Last Season Finished," 8 July 2019 The idea that continued U.S. support for the atrocious Saudi bombing campaign will help prevent suffering of the Yemeni people is laughable. WSJ, "The Saudis Are the Cause of Trouble in Yemen," 7 July 2019 Twenty years ago, as Fluker said, the idea would have been laughable. Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post, "Maggots: A taste of food’s future," 3 July 2019 The company introduced Stories on Facebook in January 2017, and the feature was derided as a direct Snapchat ripoff that was so poorly implemented and confusing as to be laughable. Molly Wood, WIRED, "Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency Betrays the Company’s True Ambitions," 26 June 2019 Women’s soccer has come a long way, but this year’s $4 million winner’s purse is a laughable 5 percent of the prize awarded to the French men’s team for their 2018 victory. Rachel Brown, National Geographic, "In France for the Women’s World Cup? Here’s what to do.," 12 June 2019 For many, the idea of gangs as victims of repression is laughable. Daniel Castro, Harper's magazine, "The Truce," 10 June 2019 But that’s laughable, especially with Fidel Castro’s son Antonio a vice president of the federation. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Baseball Teams Up With Castro," 30 Dec. 2018 Despite the fact that hotep perspectives are often laughable, their politics are very harmful to Black women and LGBTQ identified people., "Dear White People," 8 May 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 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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