1 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, ludicrous, nonsensical, preposterous, ridiculous]
2 arousing or provoking laughter; "an amusing film with a steady stream of pranks and pratfalls"; "an amusing fellow"; "a comic hat"; "a comical look of surprise"; "funny stories that made everybody laugh"; "a very funny writer"; "it would have been laughable if it hadn't hurt so much"; "a mirthful experience"; "risible courtroom antics" [syn: amusing, comic, comical, funny, mirthful, risible]
EtymologyFrom laugh + -able.
- Fitted to excite laughter; as, a laughable story; a laughable scene.
fitted to exite laughter
- Icelandic: hlægilegur
absurd, amusing, beyond belief, bizarre, cockamamie, crazy, droll, eccentric, extravagant, fantastic, foolish, funny, grotesque, high-flown, hilarious, humorous, incongruous, incredible, ludicrous, monstrous, nonsensical, outrageous, outre, poppycockish, preposterous, priceless, quaint, quizzical, rich, ridiculous, risible, screaming, weird, whimsical, wild, witty