Monday, March 20, 2000
Definitions for risible
- Capable of laughing; disposed to laugh.
- Exciting or provoking laughter; worthy of laughter; laughable; amusing.
- Relating to, connected with, or used in laughter; as, "risible muscles."
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Citations for risible
Before long, I began to read aloud with my father, chanting the strange and wondrous rivers -- Shenandoah, Rappahannock, Chickahominy -- and wrapping my tongue around the risible names of rebel generals: Braxton Bragg, Jubal Early, John Sappington Marmaduke, William "Extra Billy" Smith, Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard.
All twelve selected are thoughtful, small and funny in both senses of the word: odd and risible.
Origin of risible
Risible comes from Late Latin risibilis, from the past participle of Latin ridere, "to laugh, to laugh at." The noun form is risibility.