causing laughter because of absurdity; provoking or deserving derision; ridiculous; laughable: a ludicrous lack of efficiency.

Origin of ludicrous

1610–20; < Latin lūdicrus sportive, equivalent to lūdicr(um) a show, public games (lūdi-, stem of lūdere to play, + -crum noun suffix of instrument or result) + -us -ous
Related formslu·di·crous·ly, adverblu·di·crous·ness, nounun·lu·di·crous, adjectiveun·lu·di·crous·ly, adverbun·lu·di·crous·ness, noun

Synonyms for ludicrous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ludicrous

Contemporary Examples of ludicrous

Historical Examples of ludicrous

  • I do not know whether the sight to you would have been pitiful or ludicrous.

  • "There is a ludicrous side to it which you do not see," he said.

  • His surprise would have been ludicrous but for the seriousness of the situation to all concerned.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • The way she spoke was ludicrous, but what she said was mostly plain truth.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Stryker turned upon him an expression at once ludicrous, piteous and hateful.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

British Dictionary definitions for ludicrous



absurd or incongruous to the point of provoking ridicule or laughter
Derived Formsludicrously, adverbludicrousness, noun

Word Origin for ludicrous

C17: from Latin lūdicrus done in sport, from lūdus game; related to lūdere to play
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Word Origin and History for ludicrous

1610s, "pertaining to play or sport," from Latin ludicrus, from ludicrum "a sport, game, toy, source of amusement, joke," from ludere "to play," which, with Latin ludus "a game, play," perhaps is from Etruscan, or perhaps from PIE root *leid- "to play." Sense of "ridiculous" is attested from 1782. Related: Ludicrously; ludicrousness.

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