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[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
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  • Two such babies, one with so innocent, and the other with so comically knowing a smile, could not but attract attention.

    The Angel of the Tenement George Madden Martin
  • “I hear one of the children, in good sooth,” said Meg, comically.

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • The pert Fedora with its curly brim was comically ill-suited to his seamed old face, and mild blue eye.

    Two on the Trail Hulbert Footner
  • Shep hit his own head with his fist in a comically significant gesture.

    A Spoil of Office Hamlin Garland
  • Hunch got up on the platform and made a bow that caused everybody to laugh, it was so comically affected.

British Dictionary definitions for comically


causing laughter
ludicrous; laughable
Derived Forms
comically, adverb
comicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for comically



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
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