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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ridiculous mean? 

RIDICULOUS (adjective)
  The adjective RIDICULOUS has 3 senses:

1. inspiring scornful pity
2. incongruous;inviting ridicule
3. broadly or extravagantly humorous; resembling farce

  Familiarity information: RIDICULOUS used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

RIDICULOUS (adjective)

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Inspiring scornful pity


ridiculous; pathetic; silly

Context example:

how silly an ardent and unsuccessful wooer can be especially if he is getting on in years


undignified (lacking dignity)

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Incongruous;inviting ridicule


preposterous; nonsensical; derisory; laughable; ludicrous; idiotic; cockeyed; absurd; ridiculous

Context examples:

the absurd excuse that the dog ate his homework / that's a cockeyed idea / ask a nonsensical question and get a nonsensical answer / a contribution so small as to be laughable / it is ludicrous to call a cottage a mansion / a preposterous attempt to turn back the pages of history / her conceited assumption of universal interest in her rather dull children was ridiculous


foolish (devoid of good sense or judgment)

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Broadly or extravagantly humorous; resembling farce


farcical; ludicrous; ridiculous

Context examples:

the wild farcical exuberance of a clown / ludicrous green hair


humorous; humourous (full of or characterized by humor)

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