Definition of comical in English:



  • Amusing, especially in a ludicrous or absurd way.

    ‘a series of comical misunderstandings’
    • ‘Despite the idea, the original series was startlingly comical in places.’
    • ‘None of them speak English so we have been communicating physically most of the time which is quite comical.’
    • ‘The entire situation is so comical that I can't help but let a small giggle escape.’
    • ‘Both were ridiculously funny in what must be two of the best comical roles ever written.’
    • ‘It made me jump at first, but once I was used to it, I found them strangely comical.’
    • ‘And then she made a big comical show of shaking her watch and holding it up to her ear.’
    • ‘The Dublin goalkeeper may wear rather large comical gloves to ensure that the ball does not go past him.’
    • ‘Still, it was slightly comical, watching them scurry from the room as the machine did its stuff.’
    • ‘The play is a heartbreaking but comical tale of the trials and tribulations couples go through.’
    • ‘The most comical comment of the week was on our way back to the airport.’
    • ‘Confusion about that process is so rampant at the moment, however, as to be almost comical.’
    • ‘I had a terrible but quite comical ride home on the tube last night.’
    • ‘He falls off his chair and stumbles around in a comical manner to amuse us all.’
    • ‘His comical perspective on life never fails him and the audience can't help but accept him.’
    • ‘On his face is the most comical, quizzical expression, which is probably exactly how most of us would look if stuffed.’
    • ‘Apparently this comical scene was an attempt to slip through the security cordon at the complex.’
    • ‘There appeared to be thousands of them, in almost comical disarray, and a few police cars.’
    • ‘They did have this rather strange habit of sticking their thumbs up at the crowd after every song too which looked a tad comical at times.’
    • ‘That, like everything else about the man, is so over the top, it's comical.’
    • ‘They looked quite comical as they stood up with their fins and masks still on and their regulators still in their mouths.’
    funny, comic, humorous, droll, chucklesome, witty, waggish, facetious, light-hearted, jocular, hilarious, hysterically funny
    silly, absurd, ridiculous, laughable, risible, droll, ludicrous, farcical, preposterous, foolish
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘relating to or in the style of comedy’): from Latin comicus (see comic) + -al.