Try Our Apps


World Series Quiz


[kom-i-kuh l] /ˈkɒm ɪ kəl/
producing laughter; amusing; funny:
a comical fellow.
Obsolete. pertaining to or of the nature of comedy.
Origin of comical
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see comic, -al1
Related forms
comicality, comicalness, noun
comically, adverb
noncomical, adjective
noncomically, adverb
noncomicalness, noun
noncomicality, noun
quasi-comical, adjective
quasi-comically, adverb
semicomical, adjective
semicomically, adverb
uncomical, adjective
uncomically, adverb
Can be confused
comedic, comic, comical. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for comicality
Historical Examples
  • After dinner it was just the same—there were no bounds to her good-nature, her excellent spirits and comicality.

  • It is a slight piece of work, but contains some elements of comicality.

    A Book of Burlesque Willam Davenport Adams
  • The mind refuses to grasp such a mass of comicality; how, then, would you classify this prodigious joviality and sarcasm?

    The History of "Punch" M. H. Spielmann
  • People talk about him as if he were an ordinary purveyor of comicality.

  • A mere description of the shape and colouring of the adjutant does not give any idea of his comicality.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • Again the comicality of the whole proceeding strikes him, and he laughs aloud.

    Mrs. Geoffrey Duchess
  • The pathos of tone saved Miss Bertram from smiling at the comicality of the question.

    His Big Opportunity Amy Le Feuvre
  • Suddenly, by an abrupt revulsion of ideas, the comicality of the whole thing struck him.

    Tartarin On The Alps Alphonse Daudet
  • "Forgot her parcels after a last good-by," thought Lancelot, and continued to smile at the comicality of the new episode.

  • May you find again in these pages that sadness which makes lofty souls laugh, that comicality which makes them weep.

    A Chambermaid's Diary Octave Mirbeau
British Dictionary definitions for comicality


causing laughter
ludicrous; laughable
Derived Forms
comically, adverb
comicalness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for comicality



early 15c., "comic," from comic (or Latin comicus) + -al (1). Meaning "funny" is from 1680s. Earlier Middle English had an identical word meaning "epileptic," from Latin morbus comitialis "epilepsy."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for comical

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for comicality

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for comicality