1. [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
Laughing is our busines, . . . it has been made the
definition of man that he is risible. --Dr. H. More.
2. Exciting laughter; worthy to be laughed at; amusing.
"Risible absurdities." --Johnson.
I hope you find nothing risible in my complaisance.
3. Used in, or expressing, laughter; as, risible muscles.
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.
Syn: Ludicrous; laughable; amusing; ridiculous -- Risible,
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,
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: arousing or provoking laughter; "an amusing film with a
steady stream of pranks and pratfalls"; "an amusing
fellow"; "a comic hat"; "a comical look of surprise";
"funny stories that made everybody laugh"; "a very funny
writer"; "it would have been laughable if it hadn't hurt
so much"; "a mirthful experience"; "risible courtroom
antics" [syn: amusing, comic, comical, funny,
laughable, mirthful, risible]
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