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comical

[kom-i-kuh l]
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adjective
  1. producing laughter; amusing; funny: a comical fellow.
  2. Obsolete. pertaining to or of the nature of comedy.
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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.
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Examples from the Web for comically

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  • On the contrary, he pricked them forward in a comically aggressive manner.

    Some Reminiscences

    Joseph Conrad

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

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

    The Rover Boys on the Farm

    Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)

  • “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

adjective
  1. causing laughter
  2. ludicrous; laughable
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Derived Formscomically, adverbcomicalness, 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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