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comical

[kom-i-kuh l] /ˈkɒm ɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
producing laughter; amusing; funny:
a comical fellow.
2.
Obsolete. pertaining to or of the nature of comedy.
Origin of comical
late Middle English
1400-1450
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at 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.
Synonym Study
1. See amusing.
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  • On the contrary, he pricked them forward in a comically aggressive manner.

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  • His attitude was comically that of a serious-minded European tourist.

  • And he said this so comically that all of the girls laughed.

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  • “I hear one of the children, in good sooth,” said Meg, comically.

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • He looked at his master and comically winked his eyes, finding no reply to his words.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
British Dictionary definitions for comically

comical

/ˈkɒmɪkəl/
adjective
1.
causing laughter
2.
ludicrous; laughable
Derived Forms
comically, adverb
comicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for comically

comical

adj.

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."

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