Definition of comedy in English:


Syllabification: com·e·dy
Pronunciation: /ˈkämədē

noun (plural comedies)

  • 1Professional entertainment consisting of jokes and satirical sketches, intended to make an audience laugh.
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    • The female menopause, with its hot flushes, night sweats and mood swings, offers rich pickings for jokes and comedy sketches.
    • The Christchurch gang show is one of the longest running in Britain, and features a cast of 60 who will present an extravaganza of songs, sketches and stand-up comedy.
    • It has set a new standard for televised sketch comedy and stand-up.
  • 1.1A movie, play, or broadcast program intended to make an audience laugh: a rollicking new comedy
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    • Setting the play in the 1930s, she took her inspiration primarily from classical Hollywood screwball comedies and films noirs.
    • I had already explored the documentary world at the limits of fiction, and, in fictional films, had explored comedies and thrillers.
    • The film is a comedy, but rarely relies on outright gags for laughs.
  • 1.2The style or genre represented by comedy films, plays, and broadcast programs.
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    • He has sold short stories in a range of genres, including romantic comedy, science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
    • Within the genre of romantic comedy, so many female leads spend entire films longing and pining for the ‘right one’.
    • It respects the genre of romantic comedy while adding a unique flavor.
  • 1.3The humorous or amusing aspects of something: advertising people see the comedy in their work
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    • Because after all, a very serious subject like war was getting treated with comedy, as a sit-com, after all.
    • He simply wrote himself into a corner, cranking up the tension and comedy of the situation to a peak he didn't have the imagination to surmount.
    • Yet she clearly relishes creating comedy from situations which, on one level, are deeply tragic.
    humor, fun, funny side, comical aspect, absurdity, drollness, farce
  • 1.4A play characterized by its humorous or satirical tone and its depiction of amusing people or incidents, in which the characters ultimately triumph over adversity: Shakespeare’s comedies
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    • It stuck to its well-tried popular repertory of melodramas, comedies, and musicals, though both theatres scheduled touring opera companies throughout the year.
    • On stage he has played character roles in farces, pantomime, comedies and serious drama.
    • Just as the Fool is the wisest character in Shakespeare's comedies, so he pretends to be dim when he's being pin sharp.
  • 1.5The dramatic genre represented by comedies: satiric comedy Compare with tragedy ( sense 2).
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    • Despite the undeniable influence of earlier models, Shakespearian comedy represents a distinctive dramatic category.
    • As she gears up for her latest dramatic role, Ramsahai has noted that local audiences love drama but most theatrical offerings in this country are in the comedy genre.
    • The play moves away from the comedy and romance genres, and moves into the world of writing.


comedy of errors

A situation made amusing by bungling and incompetence: the comedy of errors that is Medicare’s physician payment schedule
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  • But the offer turned into such a bizarre comedy of errors, bureaucratic incompetence, and local politics that Einstein finally turned it down and built a house on his own, in Caputh near Ferch.
  • Yesterday was a comedy of errors, with a little bit of tragedy thrown in.
  • It seems like it's a comedy of errors except it's not funny.



Pronunciation: /kəˈmēdik/
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  • Are you conscious of having a different comedic sensibility than the other guys?
  • Instead I started laughing at the ridiculous articles and comedic nature of the entire magazine.
  • But there have also been moments of unintended comedic brilliance straight out of a Monty Python sketch.


late Middle English (as a genre of drama, also denoting a narrative poem with a happy ending, as in Dante's Divine Comedy): from Old French comedie, via Latin from Greek kōmōidia, from kōmōidos 'comic poet', from kōmos 'revel' + aoidos 'singer'.

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