[ ri-dik-yuh-luhs ]
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  1. causing or worthy of ridicule or derision; absurd; preposterous; laughable: a ridiculous plan.

  2. Slang. absurdly or unbelievably good, bad, crazy, etc.: The concert was ridiculous, their best performance ever!

Origin of ridiculous

First recorded in 1540–50; from Late Latin rīdiculōsus “laughable, droll,” equivalent to Latin rīdicul(us), adjective derivative of rīdiculum ridicule + -ōsus -ous

synonym study For ridiculous

1. See absurd.

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Opposites for ridiculous

Other words from ridiculous

  • 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

Words Nearby ridiculous

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How to use ridiculous in a sentence

  • 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


/ (rɪˈdɪkjʊləs) /

  1. worthy of or exciting ridicule; absurd, preposterous, laughable, or contemptible

Origin of ridiculous

C16: from Latin rīdiculōsus, from rīdēre to laugh

Derived forms of ridiculous

  • 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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