What does Comedy mean?

Definitions for Comedy
ˈkɒm ɪ dicom·e·dy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. comedynoun

    light and humorous drama with a happy ending

  2. drollery, clowning, comedy, funninessnoun

    a comic incident or series of incidents


  1. comedynoun

    archaic Greece. a choric song of celebration or revel

  2. comedynoun

    ancient Greece. a light, amusing play with a happy ending

  3. comedynoun

    medieval Europe. a narrative poem with an agreeable ending (e.g., The Divine Comedy)

  4. comedynoun

    A dramatic work that is light and humorous or satirical in tone

  5. comedynoun

    The genre of such works

  6. comedynoun

    entertainment composed of jokes, satire, or humorous performance

  7. comedynoun

    the art of composing comedy

  8. comedynoun

    a humorous event

  9. Etymology: First attested in 1374. From comedie, from comoedia, from κωμῳδία, from κῶμος + either ᾠδή or ἀοιδός, both from ἀείδω.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. COMEDYnoun

    A dramatick representation of the lighter faults of mankind.

    Etymology: comedia, Lat.

    Your honour’s players
    Are come to play a pleasant comedy. William Shakespeare, Tam. of the Shrew.

    A long, exact, and serious comedy,
    In every scene some moral let it teach,
    And, if it can, at once both please and preach. Alexander Pope.


  1. Comedy

    Comedy is a genre of fiction that consists of discourses or works intended to be humorous or amusing by inducing laughter, especially in theatre, film, stand-up comedy, television, radio, books, or any other entertainment medium. The term originated in ancient Greece: In Athenian democracy, the public opinion of voters was influenced by political satire performed by comic poets in theaters. The theatrical genre of Greek comedy can be described as a dramatic performance pitting two groups, ages, genders, or societies against each other in an amusing agon or conflict. Northrop Frye depicted these two opposing sides as a "Society of Youth" and a "Society of the Old". A revised view characterizes the essential agon of comedy as a struggle between a relatively powerless youth and the societal conventions posing obstacles to his hopes. In this struggle, the youth then becomes constrained by his lack of social authority, and is left with little choice but to resort to ruses which engender dramatic irony, which provokes laughter.Satire and political satire use comedy to portray people or social institutions as ridiculous or corrupt, thus alienating their audience from the object of their humor. Parody subverts popular genres and forms, critiquing those forms without necessarily condemning them. Other forms of comedy include screwball comedy, which derives its humor largely from bizarre, surprising (and improbable) situations or characters, and black comedy, which is characterized by a form of humor that includes darker aspects of human behavior or human nature. Similarly scatological humor, sexual humor, and race humor create comedy by violating social conventions or taboos in comic ways, which can often be taken as offensive by the subjects of said joke. A comedy of manners typically takes as its subject a particular part of society (usually upper-class society) and uses humor to parody or satirize the behavior and mannerisms of its members. Romantic comedy is a popular genre that depicts burgeoning romance in humorous terms and focuses on the foibles of those who are falling in love.


  1. comedy

    Comedy is a genre of entertainment, such as literature, drama, film, or television, that is designed to amuse by inducing laughter. It often involves humorous dialogue, situations, or characters and is focused on creating a light-hearted and amusing atmosphere. It can often center around happy or humorous endings, satire, or absurdity. It is also a style of performance, like stand-up comedy or improv, which primarily aims to entertain and amuse the audience through jokes, humorous stories, gags and one-liners.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Comedynoun

    a dramatic composition, or representation of a bright and amusing character, based upon the foibles of individuals, the manners of society, or the ludicrous events or accidents of life; a play in which mirth predominates and the termination of the plot is happy; -- opposed to tragedy

  2. Etymology: [F. comdie, L. comoedia, fr. Gr. ; a jovial festivity with music and dancing, a festal procession, an ode sung at this procession (perh. akin to village, E. home) + to sing; for comedy was originally of a lyric character. See Home, and Ode.]


  1. Comedy

    Comedy film is a genre of film in which the main emphasis is on humour. These films are designed to elicit laughter from the audience. Comedies are generally light-hearted dramas and are made to amuse and entertain the audiences. The comedy genre often humorously exaggerates situations, ways of speaking, or the action and characters. Films in this style traditionally have a happy ending. One of the oldest genres in film, some of the very first silent movies were comedies. Comedy, unlike other film genres, puts much more focus on individual stars, with many former stand-up comic transitioning to the film industry due to their popularity. While many comic films are lighthearted stories with no intent other than to amuse, others contain political or social commentary. The comedy genre can be considered the oldest film genre. Comedy was ideal for the early silent films, as it was dependent on visual action and physical humour rather than sound. Slapstick, one of the earliest forms of comedy, poked fun at physical mishap, usually in practical jokes, accidents and water soakings.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Comedy

    kom′e-di, n. a dramatic piece of a pleasant or humorous character, originally accompanied with dancing and singing.—ns. Comē′dian, one who acts or writes comedies: an actor:—fem. Comédienne′; Comēdiet′ta, a short comic piece. [L.,—Gr. kōmōdia, kōmos, revel, ōdē, song.]

Editors Contribution

  1. comedy

    A type of observing of human behavior or conversation that is simple it creates laughter, joy and fun around the world.

    Comedy is good fun and the meaning is for it to be a tool to generate laughter, fun and love around the world

    Submitted by MaryC on December 27, 2019  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Comedy' in Nouns Frequency: #2236

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Comedy in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Comedy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Comedy in a Sentence

  1. Nalin Yadav:

    It is ironic that comedy -- the one thing that kept me alive and gave me hope -- was the same thing that took everything from me, but I don't blame comedy. I will never blame comedy. I blame the system, the government and the state of our society.

  2. Jason Zinoman:

    They're trying to do something other places have tried to do and failed, which is to make comedy go global, and the common wisdom for a long time, which I don't necessarily believe is true, is that comedy, unlike action, doesn't travel particularly well. I think that is incredibly ambitious and it has high risk, and I think any way you cut it, it's going to change people's relationship to Netflix comedy.

  3. Carol Burnett:

    When someone who is known for being comedic does something straight, it' s always 'a big breakthrough' or a 'radical departure.' Why is it no one ever says that if a straight actor does comedy Are they presuming comedy is easier

  4. Randy Shropshire/Getty Images Maron:

    I think that those porch talks, the Instagram lives were kind of essential in that process because I think that at the time, I was unwilling to do outdoor comedy or drive-in comedy or zoom comedy, I just, I couldn’t because it just seemed too difficult and I didn’t need that aggravation and I didn’t see it as a way to to process or create, i think that the Instagram lives became essential in me engaging with an audience of people that were watching, and so I was in a zone where I was putting stuff out in the world for people and doing it much like I do comedy.

  5. Peter Sellers:

    Some forms of reality are so horrible we refuse to face them, unless we are trapped into it by comedy. To label any subject unsuitable for comedy is to admit defeat.

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