What does ludicrous mean?

Definitions for ludicrous
ˈlu dɪ krəslu·di·crous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. farcical, ludicrous, ridiculousadjective

    broadly or extravagantly humorous; resembling farce

    "the wild farcical exuberance of a clown"; "ludicrous green hair"

  2. absurd, cockeyed, derisory, idiotic, laughable, ludicrous, nonsensical, preposterous, ridiculousadjective

    incongruous;inviting ridicule

    "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"


  1. Ludicrousadjective

    Ridiculously absurd.


  1. ludicrousadjective

    Idiotic or unthinkable, often to the point of being funny.

    He made a ludicrous attempt to run for office.

  2. Etymology: First attested in 1619. From ludicrus, from ludo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. LUDICROUSadjective

    Burlesque; merry; sportive; exciting laughter.

    Etymology: ludicer, Lat.

    Plutarch quotes this as an instance of ’s judgment; in closing a ludicrous scene with decency and instruction. Notes on the Odyssey.


  1. ludicrous

    Ludicrous refers to something that is so absurd, ridiculous or nonsensical that it provokes laughter or deserves mockery. It's often used to describe actions, statements, or situations that are wildly inappropriate or lacking in logic or common sense.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ludicrousadjective

    adapted to excite laughter, without scorn or contempt; sportive

  2. Etymology: [L. ludicrus, or ludicer, from ludus play, sport, fr. ludere to play.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ludicrous

    lū′di-krus, adj. that serves for sport: adapted to excite laughter: laughable: comic.—adv. Lū′dicrously.—n. Lū′dicrousness. [L. ludicrusludĕre, to play.]

Editors Contribution

  1. ludicrous

    Ludicrous (adjective)is a state of being funny.

    Ludicrous is a cruel laugh to someone having embarrassing situation.

    Submitted by pinkss5 on September 16, 2015  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ludicrous in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ludicrous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of ludicrous in a Sentence

  1. Mike Pompeo:

    Ludicrous ; Washington DC parlor game, this is the thing that the American people need to understand about Washington DC : It makes stuff up. It was wholly unfounded.

  2. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush:

    This is ludicrous for the Hillary Clinton campaign and others to suggest that somehow I'm using a derogatory term.

  3. Steve Scalise:

    For anyone to suggest that I was involved with a group like that is insulting and ludicrous.

  4. Senator Sanders:

    It is ludicrous to believe Senator Sanders at the same meeting where Elizabeth Warren told me she was going to run for president, I would tell her that a woman couldnt win, senator Sanders sad that, three weeks before the Iowa caucus and a year after that private conversation, staff who werent in the room are lying about what happened. What I did say that night was that Donald Trump is a sexist, a racist and a liar who would weaponize whatever Donald Trump could. Do I believe a woman can win in 2020 ? Of course ! After all, Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump by 3 million votes in 2016.

  5. Andrew Brettler:

    However often she repeats her ludicrous allegations or tries to rope in other high-profile names to generate media attention, they will always be false, before filing this lawsuit anonymously, she demanded $7.5 million in exchange for her silence. We, of course, refused and will vigorously contest these totally meritless claims.

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