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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 More than 100 years ago, a man traveled north on a mission most people thought was ridiculous — to see if crops would grow in the frozen wasteland known as the Territory of Alaska. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Exploring the gardening potential of the Last Frontier over 100 years ago," 2 Jan. 2021 Any Patriots fan who complains about this state of affairs is ridiculous. Bob Ryan, BostonGlobe.com, "Evaluating the state of Boston’s teams in 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 Some might say that's ridiculous, the shoes, and why do Black people get so [obsessed] with shoes. Kathleen Newman-bremang, refinery29.com, "Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Star Taylour Paige On That Chadwick Boseman Scene You Can’t Stop Thinking About," 21 Dec. 2020 One top infectious disease doctor said waiting until the day after Christmas to shutdown is ridiculous. Rob Gillies, ajc, "Canada's Ontario to go on province-wide shutdown Dec. 26," 21 Dec. 2020 Typically involves very bad food and sometimes uncomfortable accommodations, ridiculous numbers of hours just sitting in the driver's seat of a car or the passenger seat waiting for something to happen. National Geographic, "Episode 3: Chasing the World's Largest Tornado," 10 Nov. 2020 Prescott was putting up ridiculous numbers and was in the middle of his best statistical season yet. Dallas News, "Everything you need to know about Dak Prescott’s injury: From the recovery timeline to the new QB depth chart," 15 Oct. 2020 Bonner put up ridiculous numbers during that winless streak, but wasn’t feeling great about her individual effort. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, "In the Connecticut Sun’s playoff-clinching win over the Phoenix Mercury, DeWanna Bonner’s past and present converged — and showcased a promising future," 8 Sep. 2020 Also ridiculous is that to Lamb and Sooners fans, the Minnesota dive is his most impressive touchdown but not necessarily his most athletic snag on a big stage. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "'Expect the unexpected': From trampoline and pool to NFL end zone, Cowboys rookie WR CeeDee Lamb flashes acrobatics," 9 Dec. 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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11 Jan 2021

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“Ridiculous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ridiculous. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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