risible

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French risible. from Late Latin rīsibilis, rīsus (laughter) + -ibilis, from the perfect passive participle of rīdeō (laugh).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈrɪzɪbəl/, /ˈraɪzəbəl/
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Adjective[edit]

risible (comparative more risible, superlative most risible)

  1. Of or pertaining to laughter
    the risible muscles
    • 1912, Arthur Quiller-Couch, Hocken and Hunken, ch. 20:
      A joke merely affected her with silent convulsive twitchings, as though the risible faculties struggled somewhere within her but could not bring the laugh to birth.
  2. Provoking laughter; ludicrous; ridiculous; humorously insignificant
    • 1822, Sir Walter Scott, Peveril of the Peak, ch. 34:
      "I hope you find nothing risible in my complaisance?" replied his companion.
  3. (of a person) Easily laughing; prone to laughter
    • Dr H. More
      It has been made the definition of man that he is risible.
    • 1897, Thomas Hardy, The Well-Beloved. ch. 8:
      She was half risible, half concerned.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin rīsibilis, from rīdeō (to laugh)

Adjective[edit]

risible (masculine and feminine, plural risibles)

  1. risible, laughable

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin rīsibilis, from rīdeō (to laugh)

Adjective[edit]

risible m, f (plural risibles)

  1. risible, laughable