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 Their justification for it was ridiculous and obviously now, hypocritical. Dahleen Glanton, chicagotribune.com, "Column: In the battle of the Supreme Court, Democrats need to get down in the gutter with Republicans," 23 Sep. 2020 The Democrats’ demands that Republicans do so now, under the familiar threat of packing the Court and essentially blowing it up, is simply ridiculous. Mario Loyola, National Review, "Fill the Supreme Court Vacancy Now," 22 Sep. 2020 As one of the only black kids in school, sometimes white kids would apologize for ridiculous things, like apologizing for their ancestors. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, "An oral history of Dudley Riggs' Brave New Workshop," 22 Sep. 2020 Keeping Up With the Kardashians has given us so many hilarious (and ridiculous) moments that will live on forever. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," 9 Sep. 2020 And of course, Rodman asked him about one of his most beloved (and ridiculous) impressions: David Ortiz. Devan Coggan, EW.com, "Kenan Thompson on socially-distanced SNL and his Instagram friendship with David Ortiz," 27 Aug. 2020 According to Levine, Cohen found the barriers — which, again, were to not talk to the media and not use Twitter — too ridiculous and showed no intent to follow them. Elly Belle, refinery29.com, "Here’s The Real, Really Stupid Reason Michael Cohen Was Sent Back To Prison," 10 July 2020 And that doesn't even include the wildly ridiculous list of actresses who have played love interests of Duplass' Pete. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, "A binge of The League is the perfect way to kick off the strangest football season ever," 4 Sep. 2020 Off-screen, Christopher Nolan’s quarter-billion-dollar palindrome shoulders a ridiculous load of COVID-defying, multiplex-rescuing, world-saving expectations. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "‘Tenet’ review: Saving the world, backwards, makes for an uneven Christopher Nolan thriller," 3 Sep. 2020

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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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1 Oct 2020

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“Ridiculous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ridiculous. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce ridiculous (audio)

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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