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

Nearby words

  1. rise to the occasion,
  2. risen,
  3. riser,
  4. rishi,
  5. risibility,
  6. rising,
  7. rising action,
  8. rising damp,
  9. rising diphthong,
  10. rising hinge

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 formsun·ris·i·ble, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for risible



having a tendency to laugh
causing laughter; ridiculous
Derived Formsrisibly, adverb

Word Origin for risible

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

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Word Origin and History for risible



1550s, "given to laughter," from Middle French risible (14c.) and directly from Late Latin risibilis "laughable, able to laugh," from Latin risus, past participle of ridere "to laugh." Meaning "capable of exciting laughter, comical" is from 1727.

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