Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Contrary to reason or common sense; utterly absurd or ridiculous.‘a preposterous suggestion’
absurd, ridiculous, foolish, stupid, ludicrous, farcical, laughable, comical, risible, hare-brained, asinine, inane, nonsensical, pointless, senseless, insane, unreasonable, irrational, illogicaloutrageous, shocking, astonishing, monstrous, unbelievable, incredible, unthinkablecrazyView synonyms
- ‘So preposterous seemed the suggestion, a stifled laugh was as much as I could offer by way of a response.’
- ‘Among the other preposterous suggestions was the idea of building a structure a mile high.’
- ‘Some may consider it all irresistibly smart, rather than merely preposterous and precocious in equal measure.’
- ‘It is surely preposterous that modern civilisation as we know it would not only collapse but also leave no reliable account of its fate.’
- ‘The only reason the idea seems so preposterous is because we refuse to live like them.’
- ‘It uses preposterous science fiction to delve into deeper human emotions than the usual fluff with which we are served each spring.’
- ‘Because we so value liberty, most Americans would find this view utterly preposterous.’
- ‘Various reasons had been given, all of them preposterous, he said.’
- ‘I believe these authorities to be wasting your time and taxes on this utterly preposterous project.’
- ‘My list of possibilities, like anyone else's, is utterly preposterous.’
- ‘The notion that any club is owed a living by its league is utterly arrogant and preposterous.’
- ‘It's an indulgent fantasy, saved by Chow's precise comic timing and the preposterous action sequences.’
- ‘Those three people couldn't have acted in a more absurd and preposterous manner if they had been real actors in a real theatre.’
- ‘It is extraordinary that such self-evidently preposterous claims can be taken seriously by anybody.’
- ‘Even a sensible idea or a fine principle is exaggerated to the point that it becomes preposterous and untenable.’
- ‘I don't know about you, but I happen to think that this defense is preposterous.’
- ‘Claims that the club is attempting to make ‘a fast buck’ are simply preposterous.’
- ‘Their position is so utterly preposterous it could be construed as libel.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin praeposterus reversed, absurd (from prae before + posterus coming after) + -ous.
Are you looking for a word for a foolish person? We explore twelve interesting words to describe the dunderheads in your life.
Before you run for the hills, let’s run through a list of ‘run’ expressions that are running through our minds.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.