lu·​di·​crous ˈlü-də-krəs How to pronounce ludicrous (audio)
: amusing or laughable through obvious absurdity, incongruity, exaggeration, or eccentricity
: meriting derisive laughter or scorn as absurdly inept, false, or foolish
ludicrously adverb
ludicrousness noun
Choose the Right Synonym for ludicrous

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

Example Sentences

Some of this censorship is trivial, some is ludicrous, and some is breathtaking in its power to dumb down what children learn in school. Diane Ravitch, The Language Police, 2003 The serious and the absurd have to be learnt together; but ludicrous theatrical buffoonery is fit only for foreigners. Iris Murdoch, The Fire & the Sun, 1977 The girl didn't comment on the steepness, or the brambles, or the fact that it seemed ludicrous to cart furniture through an apparently endless forest. Anne Tyler, The Clock Winder, 1972 Her teachers complained that instead of doing her sums she covered her slate with animals, the blank pages of her atlas were used to copy maps on, and caricatures of the most ludicrous description came fluttering out of all her books at unlucky moments. Louisa May Alcott, Little Women, 1868-69 the ludicrous sight of their teacher in a Halloween costume a ludicrous and easily detected attempt to forge his father's signature on a note to school See More
Recent Examples on the Web And some — including the addition of an elf-dwarf love story — were absolutely ludicrous. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Aug. 2022 The comedy doesn’t go away just because the concept is so strange, and the Fielder Method in every sense is so ludicrous. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 13 July 2022 The game was ludicrous in its attempt to outdo the previous games. Gene Park, Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2022 To look away from the diamond Tuesday night was to shirk the ridiculous, overlook the ludicrous and ignore the constant cracks of the bat that prefaced the cheers or groans around Fenway Park. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 28 Sep. 2022 Challenge changes Of the upcoming rules changes to be implemented next year by MLB, perhaps the most ludicrous if not laughable is limiting pitchers to two pick off throws. Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2022 The idea that the current, beleaguered system could handle an additional influx of children in need of protection is ludicrous. Ashoka, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 To claim that this isn’t a successful showing for her would be ludicrous. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 9 Aug. 2022 Through the haze of running time and of occasional turns toward the ludicrous — Sepideh Moafi plays a law-enforcement officer whose flirty, charged relationship with Jimmy feels like wish-fulfillment — Egerton finds his way through. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 6 July 2022 See More

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Word History


Latin ludicrus, from ludus play, sport; perhaps akin to Greek loidoros abusive

First Known Use

1712, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ludicrous was in 1712

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“Ludicrous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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lu·​di·​crous ˈlüd-ə-krəs How to pronounce ludicrous (audio)
: laughable because of being ridiculous
ludicrously adverb
ludicrousness noun

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