Definition of risible in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrizəbəl/


1Such as to provoke laughter: a risible scene of lovemaking in a tent
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  • ‘I cannot imagine how any self-respecting female could possibly conceive of doing such a foolish thing, let alone begin to consider entertaining such risible notions myself,’ I replied curtly.
  • But, either way, these arguments strike me as risible; dialectics dissolves in giggles.
  • Thing is, I'm having trouble explaining why this film is so risible.
laughable, ridiculous, absurd, comical, comic, amusing, funny, hilarious, humorous, droll, farcical, silly, ludicrous, hysterical
informal rib-tickling, priceless
1.1 rare (Of a person) having the faculty or power of laughing; inclined to laugh.



Pronunciation: /ˌrizəˈbilədē/
Example sentences
  • It is because their work is not so much literature as an insider's joke, and most serious readers don't read for risibility, but sensibility.
  • And contemplate the risibility of the prospect of individuals with a role in these outrages ending up on a press council to sit in judgment on working journalists!
  • We must commend the kindness of the Review Board in sparing their co-workers the embarrassment of having their risibility enshrined in a document of record.


Pronunciation: /-blē/
Example sentences
  • What is being suggested is risibly impractical.
  • Almost risibly, pundits would regularly suggest ‘a spell in the army… to give them some discipline ’, as the solution.
  • His performances suggest he was doing something that wasn't acting at all - it was either vastly superior or risibly inferior to what other actors might do.


Mid 16th century (in the sense 'inclined to laughter'): from late Latin risibilis, from Latin ris- 'laughed', from the verb ridere.

Words that rhyme with risible

divisible, visible

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Syllabification: ris·i·ble

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