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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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  • I nearly laughed at the ridiculousness of it, only he was so deadly in earnest, and would hold my hand.

  • Grave, dignified, sombre, a laugh made him frantic to ridiculousness.

    White Fang Jack London
  • I asked, shocked, though amused, by the ridiculousness of the whole affair.

    The Funny Side of Physic A. D. Crabtre
  • Of course all that we are thinking about at the moment is his ridiculousness.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • In the letter On Injustice can come the ridiculousness of the law that the elder gets all.

    Pascal's Penses Blaise Pascal
British Dictionary definitions for ridiculousness


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 ridiculousness



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 ridiculousness
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