adjective ri·dic·u·lous \ rə-ˈdi-kyə-ləs \
|Updated on: 16 Jul 2018

Definition of ridiculous

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





Examples of ridiculous in a Sentence

  1. His band mates take the stage in ridiculous elf costumes—black tights, pointy felt hats. —Jason CohenRolling Stone23 Feb. 1995
  2. 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 SchuonNew York Times30 June 1991
  3. Take into account the artist's intention and choice of means. This sounds so elementary that it seems ridiculous to bring it up … —Leonardo ShapiroVillage Voice27 Aug. 1991
  4. 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 HowellsThe Rise of Silas Lapham1885
  5. She looks ridiculous in that outfit.

  6. It was a ridiculous suggestion.

  7. That's an absolutely ridiculous price for that sweater.

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Origin and Etymology of ridiculous

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

Synonym Discussion of ridiculous

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

RIDICULOUS Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of ridiculous for English Language Learners

  • : extremely silly or unreasonable

RIDICULOUS Defined for Kids


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

Definition of ridiculous for Students

: causing or deserving ridicule : very silly or unreasonable



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