from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Provoking mirth or amusement; funny.
  • adj. Of or relating to comedy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Originally, relating to comedy.
  • adj. Being funny, whimsically amusing.
  • adj. Being laughable, ridiculous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Relating to comedy.
  • adj. Exciting mirth; droll; laughable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to comedy.
  • Hence Exciting mirth; diverting; sportive; droll; funny: said of persons and things: as, a comical fellow; a comical story; a comical predicament.
  • Given to revelry or dissipation; licentious.
  • Strange; extraordinary.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. arousing or provoking laughter


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