ridiculous

adjective
ri·dic·u·lous | \rə-ˈdi-kyə-ləs \

Definition of ridiculous 

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

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ridiculously adverb
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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The Giants are trying to stay competitive while dealing with a ridiculous number of injuries. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Sandoval’s return to Giants: From sentimental to genius," 22 June 2018 What Really Happened: The administration’s ongoing war with the media took another step into the ridiculous and breathtaking last week. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: In 2018, Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction," 3 June 2018 Street said his fellow Republicans calling for Brown to get off the ballot are being ridiculous. Chris Brennan, Philly.com, "Nancy Pelosi pals around with convicted tax dodger at Dems fundraiser in Philly," 13 July 2018 The idea that there can be a positive or neutral summit that strengthens the alliance, or somehow signals to Moscow that NATO is united, is ridiculous. Heather Hurlburt, Daily Intelligencer, "Even the Best-Case Scenario for What Trump Does at the NATO Summit Is Pretty Grim," 9 July 2018 This is ridiculous, of course; Koepka is among the most feared players on Tour. Stephanie Apstein, SI.com, "With Two U.S. Opens in His Bag, Brooks Koepka Still Wants to Be the Underdog," 3 July 2018 Viewed from outside their bubble, the story is ridiculous. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Paul Tremblay’s apocalyptic novel The Cabin at the End of the World is a parents’ worst nightmare," 30 June 2018 The 2013 team surrendered a league-low 172 passing yards per game — a ridiculous figure in this period of prodigious passing offense — while picking off 28 passes (and allowing just 16 TDs). Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "As Seahawks' Legion of Boom disbands, is it time to anoint it NFL's greatest secondary?," 3 July 2018 Thanks to the wild costume design of Olivera Gajic, everyone is more ridiculous. Hugh Hunter, Philly.com, "Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's 'Twelfth Night': A hilarious tragedy on human frailty," 24 June 2018

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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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ridiculous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of ridiculous

: extremely silly or unreasonable

ridiculous

adjective
ri·dic·u·lous | \rə-ˈdi-kyə-ləs \

Kids Definition of ridiculous

: causing or deserving ridicule : very silly or unreasonable

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