[kom-i-kuh l]


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

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

Examples from the Web for comically

Contemporary Examples of comically

Historical Examples of comically

  • 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



causing laughter
ludicrous; laughable
Derived Formscomically, adverbcomicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for comically



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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper