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[ri-dik-yuh-luh s] /rɪˈdɪk yə ləs/
causing or worthy of ridicule or derision; absurd; preposterous; laughable:
a ridiculous plan.
Slang. absurdly or unbelievably good, bad, crazy, etc.:
The concert was ridiculous, their best performance ever!
Origin of ridiculous
1540-50; < Late Latin rīdiculōsus laughable, droll, and Latin rīdiculus (adj. derivative of rīdiculum ridicule); see -ous
Related forms
ridiculously, adverb
ridiculousness, ridiculosity
[ri-dik-yuh-los-i-tee] /rɪˌdɪk yəˈlɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
hyperridiculous, adjective
hyperridiculously, adverb
hyperridiculousness, noun
quasi-ridiculous, adjective
quasi-ridiculously, adverb
unridiculous, adjective
unridiculously, adverb
unridiculousness, noun
1. nonsensical, ludicrous, funny, droll, comical, farcical. See absurd.
1. sensible. Unabridged
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  • Had I not already been making a sad fool of myself by my ridiculous conduct?

    A Stable for Nightmares J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  • I admit it was ridiculous, but you wouldn't lift your finger to make it less so.

    Tutors' Lane Wilmarth Lewis
  • Nay, is not an opposite course that which the poet himself censures as "wasteful, ridiculous excess?"

  • “They cannot make him ridiculous, Morris,” said Hester, cheerfully.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • There had been talk of his going to Canada, and much chaff upon that subject—so ridiculous, Tancred emigrating!

    The Reason Why Elinor Glyn
British Dictionary definitions for ridiculous


worthy of or exciting ridicule; absurd, preposterous, laughable, or contemptible
Derived Forms
ridiculously, adverb
ridiculousness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin rīdiculōsus, from rīdēre to laugh
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Word Origin and History for ridiculous

1540s, ridyculouse, from Latin ridiculosus "laughable," from ridiculus "that which excites laughter," from ridere "to laugh." Shakespeare and other 17c. writers sometimes spelled it rediculous. Slang extensions to "outrageous" (1839); "excellent" (1959, jazz slang). Related: Ridiculously; ridiculousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with ridiculous
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