ludicrous (adj.) 1610s, "pertaining to play or sport," from L. ludicrus, from ludicrum "a sport, game, toy, source of amusement, joke," from ludere "to play," which, with L. ludus "a game, play," perhaps is from Etruscan, or perhaps from PIE root *leid- "to play." Sense of "ridiculous" is attested from 1782. Related: Ludicrously; ludicrousness.

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