Search Result for "risible":
1. arousing or provoking laughter;
- Example: "an amusing film with a steady stream of pranks and pratfalls"
- Example: "an amusing fellow"
- Example: "a comic hat"
- Example: "a comical look of surprise"
- Example: "funny stories that made everybody laugh"
- Example: "a very funny writer"
- Example: "it would have been laughable if it hadn't hurt so much"
- Example: "a mirthful experience"
- Example: "risible courtroom antics"
[syn: amusing, comic, comical, funny, laughable, mirthful, risible]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Risible \Ris"i*ble\, a. [F., fr. L. risibilis, fr. ridere, risum, to laugh. Cf. Ridiculous.] 1. Having the faculty or power of laughing; disposed to laugh. [1913 Webster] Laughing is our busines, . . . it has been made the definition of man that he is risible. --Dr. H. More. [1913 Webster] 2. Exciting laughter; worthy to be laughed at; amusing. "Risible absurdities." --Johnson. [1913 Webster] I hope you find nothing risible in my complaisance. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 3. Used in, or expressing, laughter; as, risible muscles. [1913 Webster] Note: Risible is sometimes used as a noun, in the plural, for the feeling of amusement and for the muscles and other organs used in laughing, collectively; as, unable to control one's risibles. [1913 Webster] Syn: Ludicrous; laughable; amusing; ridiculous -- Risible, Ludicrous, Ridiculous. Usage: Risible differs from ludicrous as species from genus; ludicrous expressing that which is playful and sportive; risible, that which may excite laughter. Risible differs from ridiculous, as the latter implies something contemptuous, and risible does not. [1913 Webster] --Ris"i*ble*ness, n. -- Ris"i*bly, adv. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
36 Moby Thesaurus words for "risible": absurd, amusing, bizarre, buxom, comic, comical, droll, eccentric, farcical, frivolous, funny, gleeful, hilarious, humorous, incongruous, jocular, jocund, jolly, jovial, joyful, joyous, laughable, laughter-loving, ludicrous, merry, mirth-loving, mirthful, priceless, quaint, quizzical, rejoicing, rich, ridiculous, screaming, whimsical, witty