Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. sportive; wanton
  • adj. ridiculous

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Sportive; ridiculous; wanton.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Ridiculous; sportive; wanton.

Etymologies

Latin ludibrium mockery, derision, from ludere to play, sport. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I am not unaware that it is to bring a coal from Newcastle to pronounce any critical opinion upon the ludibrious qualities of so antiquated a comedy as this, but, while I am wishful to make every allowance for its having been composed in a period of prehistoric barbarity, I would still hazard the criticism that it does not excite the simpering guffaw with the frequency of such modern standard works as _exempli gratiâ_, _Miss

    Baboo Jabberjee, B.A.

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  • “Apt to be a subject of jest or mockery” – This word describes a person, thing or situation that is likely to be the butt of jokes. Use it when you want to sound justified in poking fun at someone. “How could I resist? He’s just so ludibrious.”

    November 30, 2011

  • (obsolete) adj., sportive; ridiculous; wanton. Shares origin of Latin ludere, 'to play' with ludicrous.

    July 13, 2008