Comic vs. Comical - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Comic (adjective)

    Funny; amusing; comical.

  • Comic (adjective)

    Relating to comedy.

    "comic genius"

    "a comic stereotype"

  • Comic (noun)

    A comedian.

  • Comic (noun)

    A story composed of cartoon images arranged in sequence, usually with textual captions; a graphic novel.

  • Comic (noun)

    A children's newspaper.

  • Comical (adjective)

    Originally, relating to comedy.

    "It was a comical performance."

  • Comical (adjective)

    Funny, whimsically amusing.

    "The tutor excelled in comical scoldings."

  • Comical (adjective)

    Laughable; ridiculous.

    "He's just put salt in his tea instead of sugar. What a comical error!"

Oxford Dictionary

  • Comic (adjective)

    causing or meant to cause laughter

    "a comic monologue"

  • Comic (adjective)

    relating to or in the style of comedy

    "comic drama"

    "a comic actor"

  • Comic (noun)

    a comedian

    "he is training as a stand-up comic"

  • Comic (noun)

    a periodical containing comic strips, intended chiefly for children

    "the shop sold newspapers and children's comics"

  • Comic (noun)

    comic strips.

  • Comical (adjective)

    amusing, especially in a ludicrous or absurd way

    "a series of comical misunderstandings"

Webster Dictionary

  • Comic (adjective)

    Relating to comedy, as distinct from tragedy.

  • Comic (adjective)

    Causing mirth; ludicrous.

  • Comic (noun)

    A comedian.

  • Comical (adjective)

    Relating to comedy.

  • Comical (adjective)

    Exciting mirth; droll; laughable; as, a comical story.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Comic (noun)

    a professional performer who tells jokes and performs comical acts

  • Comic (adjective)

    arousing or provoking laughter;

    "an amusing film with a steady stream of pranks and pratfalls"

    "an amusing fellow"

    "a comic hat"

    "a comical look of surprise"

    "funny stories that made everybody laugh"

    "a very funny writer"

    "it would have been laughable if it hadn't hurt so much"

    "a mirthful experience"

    "risible courtroom antics"

  • Comic (adjective)

    of or relating to or characteristic of comedy;

    "comic hero"

  • Comical (adjective)

    arousing or provoking laughter;

    "an amusing film with a steady stream of pranks and pratfalls"

    "an amusing fellow"

    "a comic hat"

    "a comical look of surprise"

    "funny stories that made everybody laugh"

    "a very funny writer"

    "it would have been laughable if it hadn't hurt so much"

    "a mirthful experience"

    "risible courtroom antics"

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