Ask the Editor
Serenity Carr, Associate Editor
Wednesday July 21st 2021
What does "ridiculous" mean? — Didion, Liberia

The word ridiculous means "extremely silly or unreasonable." It comes from the Latin word ridiculosus meaning "laughable." Below are some examples of how ridiculous is used:

  •   Their outfits are ridiculous.
  •   Don't be ridiculous!
  •   It was a ridiculous idea.
  •   That's a ridiculous price for that sweater.
  •   They bought a ridiculous amount [=an extremely large amount] of snacks.

I hope this helps.


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