- causing or worthy of ridicule or derision; absurd; preposterous; laughable: a ridiculous plan.
- Slang. absurdly or unbelievably good, bad, crazy, etc.: The concert was ridiculous, their best performance ever!
Origin of ridiculous
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Related Wordsunbelievable, incredible, ludicrous, fantastic, wacky, preposterous, outrageous, goofy, silly, absurd, impossible, laughable, foolish, nonsensical, bizarre, antic, comic, comical, contemptible, daffy
Examples from the Web for ridiculous
As it turns out, though, cartoon curmudgeons get the best, most ridiculous lines.‘Downton Abbey’ Review: A Fire, Some Sex, and Sad, Sad Edith
January 5, 2015
Pitchfork called him a “a rap-obsessed misfit from a summer camp who freestyles poorly” who is “ridiculous without knowing it.”The Cult of Yung Lean: ‘I’m Building An Anarchistic Society From the Ground Up’
January 4, 2015
It was fearless and raunchy and fun and ridiculous and weird and feminist and powerful.Bow Down, Bitches: How Beyoncé Turned an Elevator Brawl Into a Perfect Year
December 31, 2014
Marriage is a bond and a commitment—marrying yourself is ridiculous because you are already married to yourself.Why Singles Should Say ‘I Don’t’ to The Self-Marriage Movement
December 30, 2014
Bashing commercialism at a commercial gathering would be ridiculous.Sneer and Clothing in Miami: Inside The $3 Billion Woodstock of Contemporary Art
December 6, 2014
It got us into a great many difficulties, some of which were ridiculous, but it had its advantages.The Trail Book
Where in the world had she ever found so ridiculous an idea as to think that Agnes would be angry with her!The Dream
It was ridiculous, the amount of time she gave to that baby—out of all rhyme and reason.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
I thought her ridiculous, but it was too much trouble to tell her so continually.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
How ridiculous it was of women to sit at meals with hats on!The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
- worthy of or exciting ridicule; absurd, preposterous, laughable, or contemptible
Word Origin and History for ridiculous
1540s, ridyculouse, from Latin ridiculosus "laughable," from ridiculus "that which excites laughter," from ridere "to laugh." Shakespeare and other 17c. writers sometimes spelled it rediculous. Slang extensions to "outrageous" (1839); "excellent" (1959, jazz slang). Related: Ridiculously; ridiculousness.
Idioms and Phrases with ridiculous
see from the ridiculous to the sublime.