Definition of comical in English:


Line breaks: com|ic¦al
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒmɪk(ə)l


Amusing, especially in a ludicrous or absurd way: a series of comical misunderstandings
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  • It made me jump at first, but once I was used to it, I found them strangely comical.
  • Both were ridiculously funny in what must be two of the best comical roles ever written.
  • And then she made a big comical show of shaking her watch and holding it up to her ear.
funny, comic, humorous, droll, chucklesome, witty, waggish, facetious, light-hearted, jocular, hilarious, hysterically funny; amusing, diverting, entertaining
informal jokey, wacky, side-splitting, rib-tickling, killing, killingly funny, priceless, a scream, a hoot, a laugh
informal , dated a card, a caution
archaic sportive
rare jocose
silly, absurd, ridiculous, laughable, risible, droll, ludicrous, farcical, preposterous, foolish; bizarre, weird, strange, freakish, queer, odd, peculiar, curious, zany
North American informal wacko
British informal rum
rare derisible


late Middle English (in the sense 'relating to or in the style of comedy'): from Latin comicus (see comic) + -al.



Pronunciation: /-ˈkalɪti/
noun ( archaic )
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  • ‘I have become increasingly convinced that great men have strong elements of comicality in them,’ he remarks.
  • Both, far from being impressive, still less frightening, have a kind of burlesque vulgarity, even a comicality about them, which might have been effective in a different context.
  • What he dubs the perfection of misunderstanding in his hands becomes both an admirable description of the film's comicality and the basis of narrative structure.


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  • This is due to inept police work and comically bad prosecutions.
  • The whole place was almost comically primed for trouble.
  • He comically scrunches his long, sharp nose, to show he's sniffing the winds of change.

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