[ riz-uh-buhl ]
/ ˈrɪz ə bəl /


causing or capable of causing laughter; laughable; ludicrous.
having the ability, disposition, or readiness to laugh.
pertaining to or connected with laughing.

Origin of risible

1550–60; < Late Latin rīsibilis that can laugh, equivalent to Latin rīs(us) (past participle of rīdēre to laugh) + -ibilis -ible

Related forms

un·ris·i·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for risible


/ (ˈrɪzɪbəl) /


having a tendency to laugh
causing laughter; ridiculous

Derived Forms

risibly, adverb

Word Origin for risible

C16: from Late Latin rīsibilis, from Latin rīdēre to laugh
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