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!
- ri·dic·u·lous·ly, adverb
- ri·dic·u·lous·ness, ri·dic·u·los·i·ty [ri-dik-yuh-los-i-tee], /rɪˌdɪk yəˈlɒs ɪ ti/, noun
- hy·per·ri·dic·u·lous, adjective
- hy·per·ri·dic·u·lous·ly, adverb
- qua·si-ri·dic·u·lous, adjective
- qua·si-ri·dic·u·lous·ly, adverb
- un·ri·dic·u·lous, adjective
- un·ri·dic·u·lous·ly, adverb
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How to use ridiculous in a sentence
Some of it has to be attributed to the ridiculous offensive environment we have seen in the bubble.Monster Games In The NBA Playoffs Aren’t Automatically Translating To Wins | Jared Dubin | August 26, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
In my driveway during lunchtime I felt ridiculous swinging a kettlebell.The Gym-Free Pandemic Workout: Kettlebells, Indian Clubs, Sandbags, Oh My! | Eugene Robinson | August 25, 2020 | Ozy
We’re coming up with such a ridiculous answer that it really forces us to reinvestigate every single assumption that we made along the way to get there.
The telltale sign of these problems is that models claiming to predict past elections extremely well often produce inaccurate — or even ridiculous — answers when applied to elections in which the result is unknown ahead of time.How FiveThirtyEight’s 2020 Presidential Forecast Works — And What’s Different Because Of COVID-19 | Nate Silver (email@example.com) | August 12, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Shepard said he’s always dismissed allegations of voter fraud through mail voting as ridiculous, based on the validation steps followed by registrars in California, and by San Diego Registrar Michael Vu in particular.GOP Chair Who Called Mail Voting ‘Fraught With Danger’ Voted by Mail 22 Straight Times | Andrew Keatts | August 10, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
As it turns out, though, cartoon curmudgeons get the best, most ridiculous lines.‘Downton Abbey’ Review: A Fire, Some Sex, and Sad, Sad Edith | Kevin Fallon | January 5, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
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’ | Marlow Stern | January 4, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Kevin Fallon | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Tim Teeman | December 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Are the standards for female beauty in Hollywood ridiculous?Renée Zellweger Got a New Face—and Everyone Had An Opinion About It | Kevin O’Keeffe | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This wasn't at all what he meant to say, and it sounded very ridiculous; but somehow the words wouldn't come straight.Davy and The Goblin | Charles E. Carryl
I do not know how things are in America but in England there has been a ridiculous attempt to suppress Bolshevik propaganda.The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
This was such a ridiculous idea that Davy threw back his head, and laughed long and loud.Davy and The Goblin | Charles E. Carryl
In case any reader should hastily exclaim, “What a ridiculous question; there can be only one southward!”The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
Her directness had made all possible 'buts' seem ridiculous and futile, and had made the expression of curiosity seem offensive.Hilda Lessways | Arnold Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for ridiculous
worthy of or exciting ridicule; absurd, preposterous, laughable, or contemptible
- ridiculously, adverb
- ridiculousness, noun
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Other Idioms and Phrases with ridiculous
see from the ridiculous to the sublime.
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