ridiculous

adjective
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

ridiculously adverb
ridiculousness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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And while the situation sounds completely ridiculous, this isn't the first time a smart doorbell has caught an unwanted guest on camera. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "The Man Caught Licking Someone's Doorbell For 3 Hours Has Been Identified," 9 Jan. 2019 All of those serious issues, and the drug name still sounds ridiculous. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "The 5 craziest storylines in 'Riverdale' Season 2," 16 May 2018 In its place is a promising attempt to create jobs for a new generation of workers, and to tackle an ancient and ridiculous British class divide. The Economist, "A welcome upgrade to apprenticeships," 12 July 2018 Considering that mothers have been breastfeeding their babies for millennia, this may seem ridiculous. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "Inside the mommy-friendly, scientifically sketchy world of breastfeeding supplements," 20 Dec. 2018 As the show goes on, there are still lots of moments like that, but there are lots of quite ridiculous things, as well, particularly in the final episode. Bridget Read, Vogue, "With Sally4Ever, Julia Davis’s Signature Comedy of Discomfort Lands Stateside," 9 Nov. 2018 Celebrity moms have received plenty of unwarranted criticism and unsolicited advice about the most ridiculous things. Emily Wang, Allure, "People Are Mom-Shaming Jessie James Decker for Letting Her Daughter Get a Sun Tan," 2 July 2018 Her husband couldn’t understand; the request seemed ridiculous. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The Ford-Kavanaugh sexual assault hearings, explained," 28 Sep. 2018 Storage prices have been ridiculous lately on Amazon and elsewhere, and today is no exception. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Find unprecedented sales on Ryzen, SSDs, gaming monitors, and more in Amazon's one-day PC sale," 27 Sep. 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 How to pronounce ridiculous (audio) \

Kids Definition of ridiculous

: causing or deserving ridicule : very silly or unreasonable

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ridiculously adverb

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