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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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Examples from the web for ridiculous
  • First there's the inherently ridiculous contradiction-the recognition of absurdity is often funny.
  • My step sister used to dry clean her expensive jeans to keep them nicer longer, but freezing them is ridiculous.
  • In the process of shedding the thick gray down from their heads and necks, they acquire ridiculous hairdos.
  • To do so, would be to make myself ridiculous, and to offer an insult to your understanding.
  • They will probably realize that this notion is ridiculous.
  • It's a ridiculous idea, perhaps, but ask them to go along with it for fun and for the sake of the lesson.
  • They've been called awkward, grotesque, and absurdly ridiculous.
  • It's fun to come up with these ridiculous ideas and then actually take them to places.
  • We will never have a complete record, but saying that there are no transition fossils is a bit ridiculous, if not a blatant lie.
  • The ominous and foreboding music added to the ridiculous depiction of every day prison life.
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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