- 1(Of an idea or suggestion) wildly unreasonable, illogical, or inappropriate: the allegations are patently absurd so you think I’m a spy? How absurd! (as noun the absurd) he had a keen eye for the incongruous and the absurdMore example sentences
- By the end of the programme, it was athletes and fans who hung themselves in public with their own illogical justifications and absurd piety.
- It is absurd to blame current difficulties on any state's governor, Republican or Democrat.
- When that happens heads are going to roll even if it happens in such a way so that placing blame is absurd.
- 1.1(Of a person or a person’s behavior or actions) foolish; unreasonable: she was being absurd—and imagining thingsMore example sentences
- She had to fight to keep from laughing at his absurd behavior.
- Maltin wisely points out that, at the time the cartoon was written, these behaviors were absurd.
- Running is an absurd sport, for absurd people.
- 1.2(Of an object or situation) arousing amusement or derision; ridiculous: gym shorts and knee socks looked absurd on such a tall girlMore example sentences
- In my endless pursuit of funny stories about Eskimo words for snow, I've found friends who will send me absurd comics about it, too.
- The result is a mixed platter: Hilariously absurd one minute, farcically annoying the next, and damn surreal all of the time.
- It has become overpriced, overrated and overrun with ridiculous people who live absurd lives.
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- This list wasn't originally intended for a quiz so some are absurdly easy and others impossibly hard.
- The contempt and indifference for her own child, which she continually voices, is absurdly unbelievable.
- It also sets an absurdly high standard of perfection for market performance.
mid 16th century: from Latin absurdus 'out of tune', hence 'irrational'; related to surdus 'deaf, dull'.