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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 ridiculously
  • We treat all these things as ideals in themselves, overvalue them ridiculously.
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  • Therefore is the first reason why this article is ridiculously inaccurate.
  • Still, it's remarkable how depressed housing markets have been for this long, despite ridiculously low interest rates.
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  • It's important to understand how ridiculously grand the project really was.
British Dictionary definitions for ridiculously


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 ridiculously



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.

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