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

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Contemporary Examples of ludicrously

Historical Examples of ludicrously

  • I fear that the greenness of our argument will ludicrously contrast with the ripeness of our ages.



  • The same recoil struck her and she ludicrously cocked an eye.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • Malcolm's doctrine of honesty in horse-dealing was to him ludicrously new.

  • The thing was ludicrously unfinished and he was making an ass of himself.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • The glance he bent on Scorrier was ludicrously prescient of suffering.

British Dictionary definitions for ludicrously



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



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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