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[kom-i-kuh l] /ˈkɒm ɪ kəl/
producing laughter; amusing; funny:
a comical fellow.
Obsolete. pertaining to or of the nature of comedy.
Origin of comical
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see comic, -al1
Related forms
comicality, comicalness, noun
comically, adverb
noncomical, adjective
noncomically, adverb
noncomicalness, noun
noncomicality, noun
quasi-comical, adjective
quasi-comically, adverb
semicomical, adjective
semicomically, adverb
uncomical, adjective
uncomically, adverb
Can be confused
comedic, comic, comical.
1. See amusing. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for comicality
Historical Examples
  • After dinner it was just the same—there were no bounds to her good-nature, her excellent spirits and comicality.

  • It is a slight piece of work, but contains some elements of comicality.

    A Book of Burlesque Willam Davenport Adams
  • The mind refuses to grasp such a mass of comicality; how, then, would you classify this prodigious joviality and sarcasm?

    The History of "Punch" M. H. Spielmann
  • People talk about him as if he were an ordinary purveyor of comicality.

  • A mere description of the shape and colouring of the adjutant does not give any idea of his comicality.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • Again the comicality of the whole proceeding strikes him, and he laughs aloud.

    Mrs. Geoffrey Duchess
  • The pathos of tone saved Miss Bertram from smiling at the comicality of the question.

    His Big Opportunity Amy Le Feuvre
  • Suddenly, by an abrupt revulsion of ideas, the comicality of the whole thing struck him.

    Tartarin On The Alps Alphonse Daudet
  • "Forgot her parcels after a last good-by," thought Lancelot, and continued to smile at the comicality of the new episode.

  • May you find again in these pages that sadness which makes lofty souls laugh, that comicality which makes them weep.

    A Chambermaid's Diary Octave Mirbeau
British Dictionary definitions for comicality


causing laughter
ludicrous; laughable
Derived Forms
comically, adverb
comicalness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for comicality



early 15c., "comic," from comic (or Latin comicus) + -al (1). Meaning "funny" is from 1680s. Earlier Middle English had an identical word meaning "epileptic," from Latin morbus comitialis "epilepsy."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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