Meaning of “ridiculous” in the English Dictionary

"ridiculous" in British English

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ridiculousadjective

uk /rɪˈdɪk.jə.ləs/ us /rɪˈdɪk.jə.ləs/

B2 stupid or unreasonable and deserving to be laughed at:

Do I look ridiculous in this hat?
Don't be so ridiculous! I can't possibly afford to stay in a hotel like that.
It's ridiculous to expect a two-year-old to be able to read!

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  • Does he wear those ridiculous clothes to draw attention?
  • Quite frankly, I think this whole situation is ridiculous.
  • I've never heard anything so ridiculous.
  • He described the law as anachronistic and ridiculous.
  • There are countless arguments against this ridiculous proposal.
ridiculously
adverb uk /rɪˈdɪk.jə.ləs.li/ us /rɪˈdɪk.jə.ləs.li/

Hotel rooms in the city are ridiculously overpriced.

(Definition of “ridiculous” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ridiculous" in American English

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ridiculousadjective

us /rɪˈdɪk·jə·ləs/

foolish or unreasonable and deserving to be laughed at:

Don’t be ridiculous – there’s no way I can buy a car.

(Definition of “ridiculous” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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