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[loo-di-kruh s] /ˈlu dɪ krəs/
causing laughter because of absurdity; provoking or deserving derision; ridiculous; laughable:
a ludicrous lack of efficiency.
Origin of ludicrous
1610-20; < Latin lūdicrus sportive, equivalent to lūdicr(um) a show, public games (lūdi-, stem of lūdere to play, + -crum noun suffix of instrument or result) + -us -ous
Related forms
ludicrously, adverb
ludicrousness, noun
unludicrous, adjective
unludicrously, adverb
unludicrousness, noun
farcical. See funny1 . Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ludicrous
  • And that it's ludicrous to submit academic writing samples for these kinds of jobs.
  • And finally consider gravity which everybody suggesting these ludicrous ideas always ignores.
  • The laughs come from watching characters react to ludicrous scenarios with total seriousness, as perhaps only comic actors can.
  • You'll look mildly ludicrous holding this giant smartphone up to your ear, but voice performance is decent.
  • He can take ludicrous things seriously enough to make them fly, but he can also laugh at himself.
  • It's ludicrous to think that these people shouldn't be known, too.
  • Where his statements can be checked, they often prove merely ludicrous.
  • Short term studies on supplements that need decades to show changes is ludicrous.
  • Such comparisons are ludicrous, but unfortunately effective.
  • The talk of floods, drought, etc are rather ludicrous.
British Dictionary definitions for ludicrous


absurd or incongruous to the point of provoking ridicule or laughter
Derived Forms
ludicrously, adverb
ludicrousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin lūdicrus done in sport, from lūdus game; related to lūdere to play
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Word Origin and History for ludicrous

1610s, "pertaining to play or sport," from Latin ludicrus, from ludicrum "a sport, game, toy, source of amusement, joke," from ludere "to play," which, with Latin ludus "a game, play," perhaps is from Etruscan, or perhaps from PIE root *leid- "to play." Sense of "ridiculous" is attested from 1782. Related: Ludicrously; ludicrousness.

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