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[laf-uh-buh l, lah-fuh-] /ˈlæf ə bəl, ˈlɑ fə-/
such as to cause laughter; funny; amusing; ludicrous.
Origin of laughable
1590-1600; laugh + -able
Related forms
laughableness, noun
laughably, adverb
humorous, droll, comical, farcical, ridiculous; risible. See funny1 .
sad, melancholy. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for laughable
  • It was a laughable world with stultifying technological limitations that made half of society strabismic.
  • We had survived our first crisis, one that would shrink to laughable insignificance in the coming days.
  • The article would be laughable if it weren't so tragic.
  • But the whole concept of trying to nickel and dime technology and still be leading edge is laughable.
  • Saying that there is no danger unless you are inside the fence is laughable.
  • To somehow claim that as expertise would be laughable if it weren't so tragic that a science magazine is doing it.
  • Diet, aside from attending to the obvious issues, is laughable.
  • The designs based on continuing an auto-centric approach to urban design well into the future are laughable.
  • It is laughable, really, to call these projects good for the environment.
  • Absurd and laughable if not for the fact that a majority of people believe in ghosts.
British Dictionary definitions for laughable


producing scorn; ludicrous: he offered me a laughable sum for the picture
arousing laughter
Derived Forms
laughableness, noun
laughably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for laughable

1590s, from laugh (v.) + -able. Related: Laughably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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