ludicrous

[ loo-di-kruhs ]
/ ˈlu dɪ krəs /

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. ludendorff,
  2. ludendorff, erich,
  3. luderick,
  4. ludhiana,
  5. ludic,
  6. ludlow,
  7. ludo,
  8. ludwig,
  9. ludwig ii,
  10. ludwig's angina

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

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British Dictionary definitions for ludicrously

ludicrous

/ (ˈluːdɪkrəs) /

adjective

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 ludicrously

ludicrous

adj.

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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