ri·​dic·​u·​lous | \ rə-ˈdi-kyə-ləs How to pronounce ridiculous (audio) \

Definition of ridiculous

: arousing or deserving ridicule : extremely silly or unreasonable : absurd, preposterous

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Other Words from ridiculous

ridiculousness noun

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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 ridiculous in a Sentence

His band mates take the stage in ridiculous elf costumes—black tights, pointy felt hats. — Jason Cohen, Rolling Stone, 23 Feb. 1995 I also poked fun at those ridiculous fins on the '59 Cadillac. The '60, now, that was something else, and I've thought highly enough of the design to have owned two of them. — Marshall Schuon, New York Times, 30 June 1991 Take into account the artist's intention and choice of means. This sounds so elementary that it seems ridiculous to bring it up … — Leonardo Shapiro, Village Voice, 27 Aug. 1991 It was absurd for him to paint portraits for pay, and ridiculous to paint them for nothing; so he did not paint them at all. — William Dean Howells, The Rise of Silas Lapham, 1885 She looks ridiculous in that outfit. It was a ridiculous suggestion. That's an absolutely ridiculous price for that sweater.
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Recent Examples on the Web Aniston and Witherspoon are obviously talented, but they’re given so many ridiculous things to do. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 17 Sep. 2021 But including either of those names on any list of potential candidates is ridiculous. John Canzano, oregonlive, 14 Sep. 2021 Lopini Katoa ended up telling his mother, by their accounts, to stop being ridiculous. Norma Gonzalez, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Sep. 2021 The 2022 video-game landscape is going to be ridiculous. Luke Winkie, Vulture, 3 Sep. 2021 Adorned in gold and laurel crowns and surrounded by statues and Greek hydria, the Grammy-award-winning duo came together for Friday's release to confirm all the ridiculous things people have said about them. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, 13 Aug. 2021 What makes this even more ridiculous is that the latter two vehicles are hypercars – obscenely expensive and fast sportscars – whereas the Tesla Model S is a big executive family vehicle. James Morris, Forbes, 12 June 2021 The tech industry is indeed filled with white guys who went to Ivy League schools, and who say ridiculous things online and buy planes and post selfies of their muscles. Charles Duhigg, The New Yorker, 31 May 2021 The hits and the flops, the deep cuts and the fan faves, the sublime and the ridiculous. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 2 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of ridiculous

1550, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ridiculous

Latin ridiculosus (from ridiculum jest, from neuter of ridiculus) or ridiculus, literally, laughable, from ridēre to laugh

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The first known use of ridiculous was in 1550

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“Ridiculous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ridiculous. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ridiculous

: extremely silly or unreasonable


ri·​dic·​u·​lous | \ rə-ˈdi-kyə-ləs How to pronounce ridiculous (audio) \

Kids Definition of ridiculous

: causing or deserving ridicule : very silly or unreasonable

Other Words from ridiculous

ridiculously adverb

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