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Line breaks: ludi|crous
Pronunciation: /ˈluːdɪkrəs
, ˈljuː-/

Definition of ludicrous in English:


So foolish, unreasonable, or out of place as to be amusing: it’s ludicrous that I have been fined every night he wore a ludicrous outfit
More example sentences
  • The idea that a pit crew can win a race, irrespective of the ability of the driver, is ludicrous.
  • What a shame about the ludicrous fake tans which gave them the appearance of well-ripened oranges.
  • That's the whole problem with this ludicrous measure: it is grossly asymmetrical.


early 17th century (in the sense 'sportive, intended as a jest'): from Latin ludicrus (probably from ludicrum 'stage play') + -ous.



[as submodifier]: a ludicrously inadequate army
More example sentences
  • Does anyone want to buy this complete set-up for a ludicrously small amount?
  • By the time we reached London we had become raucously and ludicrously Scottish, hitting the streets like an army of invading aliens.
  • For the ludicrously busy businessperson, I can't think of a better way to manage stress than to work this into your regimen.


Example sentences
  • Confronted with the sheer ludicrousness and futility of the whole system, we just don't know what to do.
  • I'm not sure whether the joke itself (the ludicrousness of '80s television) is a little thin, or whether I'm the wrong age to find the parody new and/or exciting.
  • The ludicrousness of this assertion gives new life to the old line about some things being so preposterous it takes an educated person to believe them.

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