Definition of absurd adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əbˈsɜːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əbˈsɜːrd//
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  1. 1completely ridiculous; not logical and sensible synonym ridiculous That uniform makes the guards look absurd. Of course it's not true, what an absurd idea.
  2. 2the absurd noun [singular] things that are or that seem to be absurd He has a good sense of the absurd.
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from Latin absurdus ‘out of tune’, hence ‘irrational’; related to surdus ‘deaf, dull’.Extra examples She found the whole concept faintly absurd. Such beliefs are patently absurd. Don’t be absurd! Why would he want to do a thing like that? I must say I felt faintly absurd. It’s absurd to suggest that I’m being unprofessional. The uniform makes the guards look absurd. What an absurd idea!
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: absurd