[kom-i-kuh l]


producing laughter; amusing; funny: a comical fellow.
Obsolete. pertaining to or of the nature of comedy.

Nearby words

  1. comic book,
  2. comic opera,
  3. comic relief,
  4. comic strip,
  5. comic-opera,
  6. comically,
  7. comice,
  8. comines,
  9. comines, philippe de,
  10. cominform

Origin of comical

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at comic, -al1

Related forms
Can be confusedcomedic comic comical

Synonym study

1. See amusing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for comical



causing laughter
ludicrous; laughable
Derived Formscomically, adverbcomicalness, noun

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Word Origin and History for comical



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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