- causing or worthy of ridicule or derision; absurd; preposterous; laughable: a ridiculous plan.
- Slang. absurdly or unbelievably good, bad, crazy, etc.: The concert was ridiculous, their best performance ever!
- worthy of or exciting ridicule; absurd, preposterous, laughable, or contemptible
1540s, ridyculouse, from Latin ridiculosus “laughable,” from ridiculus “that which excites laughter,” from ridere “to laugh.” Shakespeare and other 17c. writers sometimes spelled it rediculous. Slang extensions to “outrageous” (1839); “excellent” (1959, jazz slang). Related: Ridiculously; ridiculousness.
see from the ridiculous to the sublime.