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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The image of a massive national debt being tied to a possible Bernie Sanders election win is ridiculous. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: Don’t blame Bernie Sanders for the Trump deficit," 5 July 2019 White looks ridiculous with dark shoes and dark pants, but black socks also seem wrong. Ellen Warren, chicagotribune.com, "Black, white, neon? Colorful sneakers create a sock dilemma," 1 July 2019 To claim that after 20 years of working as O-Town, there’s going to be confusion about our name is ridiculous. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "O-Town Locked in Trademark Dispute With Universal Music Group," 24 June 2019 All of these players come with question marks and all this Cleveland optimism could look ridiculous in a few years, but what matters is that the Cavs are swinging for the fences. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "2019 NBA Draft Winners and Losers: Grizzlies, Suns, and Two Stories for the Pelicans," 21 June 2019 Who knew that cotton candy could look so lethal or a Coke machine so imperious or cowboy hats so ridiculous? Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Garry Winogrand, that master of black-and-white, was a master of color, too," 20 June 2019 The American government’s longest shutdown ever makes the country—or at least its leaders—look ridiculous. Robert M. Gates, WSJ, "To End the Shutdown, Try Thinking Big on Immigration," 18 Jan. 2019 Plus, for a gaming headset, the Arctis Pro doesn't look ridiculous. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the power user in your life," 4 Dec. 2018 The identification of God as Father-Mother — and, worse, of Mother Nature as anything other than a ridiculous fiction — is clearly an attempt to make Catholic teaching more readily relatable to the indigenous peoples of the Amazon. Declan Leary, National Review, "The Problem with Trying to Make Catholicism Relatable in the Amazon," 25 June 2019

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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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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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