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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈluː.dɪ.krəs/, /ˈljuː.dɪ.krəs/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈluː.dɪ.krəs/
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- Idiotic or unthinkable, often to the point of being funny.
1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 3, The Celebrity:
- Now all this was very fine, but not at all in keeping with the Celebrity's character as I had come to conceive it. The idea that adulation ever cloyed on him was ludicrous in itself. In fact I thought the whole story fishy, and came very near to saying so.
- He made a ludicrous attempt to run for office.
- Amusing by being plainly incongruous or absurd.
1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 2, The Mirror and the Lamp:
- She was a fat, round little woman, richly apparelled in velvet and lace, […]; and the way she laughed, cackling like a hen, the way she talked to the waiters and the maid, […]—all these unexpected phenomena impelled one to hysterical mirth, and made one class her with such immortally ludicrous types as Ally Sloper, the Widow Twankey, or Miss Moucher.
idiotic or unthinkable, often to the point of being funny