from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A comical or whimsical quality.
  • noun A comical or whimsical way of acting, talking, or behaving.
  • noun The act of joking; clowning.
  • noun Something, such as a story, that is comical or whimsical.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The conduct of a droll, buffoon, or wag; something done to raise mirth; sportive tricks; buffoonery; fun.
  • noun The character of being droll; comicalness; humor.
  • noun Comical action, as in a dramatic representation; something used or done to excite mirth.
  • noun A comic picture.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality of being droll; sportive tricks; buffoonery; droll stories; comical gestures or manners.
  • noun obsolete, obsolete, obsolete, obsolete Something which serves to raise mirth.
  • noun obsolete, obsolete, obsolete A puppet show; also, a puppet.
  • noun obsolete A lively or comic picture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun comical quality.
  • noun amusing behaviour.
  • noun something humorous, funny or comical.
  • noun archaic a puppet show; a comic play or entertainment; a comic picture; a caricature.
  • noun a joke; a funny story.

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

  • noun a comic incident or series of incidents
  • noun a quaint and amusing jest


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  • as in, viz., the last eight years of the Bush Administration. 2. An inane political joke upon the res publica created by the Party of Lincoln. 3. A tragic period of American history when the US went to war needlessly with lies about weapons of mass destruction, with concomitant tattletale books that reveal the clownish mishaps of that wonderful born-again scion of the Bush Family who cannot pronounce common words like nuclear. 4. A situation in which a man who graduates from Yale with a "C" in his major finds himself, not on Saturday Night Live, but rather, in The White House. 5. The fools surrounding such a fool. 5. The impact upon international alliances and concordances due to the antics of such people, and the subsequent embarrassment felt by millions of right-thinking Americans. 6. The feeling of most Americans when this pathetic White House folds its tents and slips into history come January 2009.

    No, that's how you spell r-e-l-i-e-f.

    August 14, 2008

  • ...only to be replaced by another version of something equally or more horrible?

    August 14, 2008

  • "...a kind of drollery, alfo, and of farcafm, fomewhat rough and unpolifhed, yet on the whole cheerful and not ill-natured, frequently prefents itfelf." --From the examples (OCR booboo's corrected by mwah).

    October 11, 2011