[kom-i-kuh l]
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Origin of comical

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at comic, -al1
Related formscom·i·cal·i·ty, com·i·cal·ness, nouncom·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·com·i·cal, adjectivenon·com·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·com·i·cal·ness, nounnon·com·i·cal·i·ty, nounqua·si-com·i·cal, adjectivequa·si-com·i·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·com·i·cal, adjectivesem·i·com·i·cal·ly, adverbun·com·i·cal, adjectiveun·com·i·cal·ly, adverb
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


  1. causing laughter
  2. 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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