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!
- ri·dic·u·lous·ly, adverb
- ri·dic·u·lous·ness, ri·dic·u·los·i·ty [ri-dik-yuh-los-i-tee], /rɪˌdɪk yəˈlɒs ɪ ti/, noun
- hy·per·ri·dic·u·lous, adjective
- hy·per·ri·dic·u·lous·ly, adverb
- qua·si-ri·dic·u·lous, adjective
- qua·si-ri·dic·u·lous·ly, adverb
- un·ri·dic·u·lous, adjective
- un·ri·dic·u·lous·ly, adverb
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How to use ridiculous in a sentence
As it turns out, though, cartoon curmudgeons get the best, most ridiculous lines.‘Downton Abbey’ Review: A Fire, Some Sex, and Sad, Sad Edith | Kevin Fallon | January 5, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Pitchfork called him a “a rap-obsessed misfit from a summer camp who freestyles poorly” who is “ridiculous without knowing it.”The Cult of Yung Lean: ‘I’m Building An Anarchistic Society From the Ground Up’ | Marlow Stern | January 4, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was fearless and raunchy and fun and ridiculous and weird and feminist and powerful.Bow Down, Bitches: How Beyoncé Turned an Elevator Brawl Into a Perfect Year | Kevin Fallon | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Marriage is a bond and a commitment—marrying yourself is ridiculous because you are already married to yourself.Why Singles Should Say ‘I Don’t’ to The Self-Marriage Movement | Tim Teeman | December 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Are the standards for female beauty in Hollywood ridiculous?Renée Zellweger Got a New Face—and Everyone Had An Opinion About It | Kevin O’Keeffe | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This wasn't at all what he meant to say, and it sounded very ridiculous; but somehow the words wouldn't come straight.Davy and The Goblin | Charles E. Carryl
I do not know how things are in America but in England there has been a ridiculous attempt to suppress Bolshevik propaganda.The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
This was such a ridiculous idea that Davy threw back his head, and laughed long and loud.Davy and The Goblin | Charles E. Carryl
In case any reader should hastily exclaim, “What a ridiculous question; there can be only one southward!”The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
Her directness had made all possible 'buts' seem ridiculous and futile, and had made the expression of curiosity seem offensive.Hilda Lessways | Arnold Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for ridiculous
worthy of or exciting ridicule; absurd, preposterous, laughable, or contemptible
- ridiculously, adverb
- ridiculousness, noun
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Other Idioms and Phrases with ridiculous
see from the ridiculous to the sublime.
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