1. Fitted to excite ridicule; absurd and laughable; unworthy of serious consideration; as, a ridiculous dress or behavior.
Agricola, discerning that those little targets and unwieldy glaives ill pointed would soon become ridiculous against the thrust and close, commanded three Batavian cohorts . . . to draw up and come to handy strokes. --Milton.
2. Involving or expressing ridicule. [R.]
[It] provokes me to ridiculous smiling. --Shak.
Syn: -- Ludicrous; laughable; risible; droll; comical; absurd; preposterous. See Ludicrous.
--- Ri*dic*u*lous*ly, adv. -- Ri*dic*u*lous*ness, n.
adj 1: inspiring scornful pity; "how silly an ardent and
unsuccessful wooer can be especially if he is getting
on in years"- Dashiell Hammett [syn: pathetic, silly]
2: completely devoid of wisdom or good sense; "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" [syn: absurd, cockeyed, derisory,
idiotic, laughable, ludicrous, nonsensical, preposterous]
3: broadly or extravagantly humorous; resembling farce; "the
wild farcical exuberance of a clown"; "ludicrous green
hair" [syn: farcical, ludicrous]