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I want to find out the meaning of an English word called redonkulous. Is it a phrase or something? I found this word in an animated movie called Bolt. I searched in "Google" and in "Google Translate" but didn't get any satisfactory answers. So, here I came. If anybody knows, please share it with me. I've added some screen shots of that movie, so that you guys can get some ideas about the conversation.

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It's a modification of the word ridiculous, using donk /dɑŋk/ to replace dic /dɪk/:

Absolutely ridiculous!

As you might expect, redonkulous sounds a bit silly. It's considered slang, and only certain people use the altered word. Although it means "ridiculous", it's non-standard and markedly informal.

I haven't seen the movie in question, but it looks like the bird is repeatedly using the word. My guess is that it's because rendonkulous sounds silly and is supposed to make the audience laugh.

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Thanks for giving the answer & make it clear to me. I get the point. Have a nice day. :) –  Tulon Jun 21 at 22:04
    
I imagine the donk/dic[k] substitution arises from the fact that both words are slang terms for "penis". –  FumbleFingers Jun 22 at 11:23
    
ok, :P @FumbleFingers –  Tulon Jun 22 at 11:57
    
@Tulon: Bearing in mind Bolt is a Disney movie, it's not expected the average viewer will make that connection, but I think it's highly likely the scriptwriters will have sniggered over it. It's not uncommon to find obscure "smutty" references in movies like that. I assume it's to give some parents a few extra laughs when they have to sit in at the cinema (or home theatre) watching with their kids. But most of them probably won't actually notice this particular one - if it was too obvious the scriptwriters would be told to remove it. –  FumbleFingers Jun 22 at 12:04
    
@FumbleFingers Yes, I understand. The word is not looking odd or as a slang in the conversation context of the movie. It's been used to make that seen a bit more funny. –  Tulon Jun 22 at 12:18

Donk is an abbreviation for donkey. And a donkey is sometimes seen as a stupid animal. And a donkey can refer to a stupid or silly (ridiculous) person. Such as an ass, which is a synonym for donkey and can also refer to a person that is stupid or silly, as well as a lot of other things.

Thus, you have the donk inserted into ridiculous to come up with redonkulous, a slang word that means, well, as ridiculous as a donkey. Or more than a donkey, even.

Redonkulous can also be spelled redonculous. In this case, it patterns more after the letter c in ridiculous.

Last, there is an associated word, redunkulous (note the u), which has come to mean just a little less silly than redonkulous. At least according to The Urban Dictionary.


Sometimes if all the normal places do not provide a definition, you can try The Urban Dictionary. (Use it at your own risk, since it contains much street slang that includes a lot of profanity.)

The Urban Dictionary will often contain definitions that differ from one another. This means either that the person who has supplied a particular definition is asinine, or that a word has actual meanings that you have never heard of, because they are used as street slang by a specific social-cultural group (thus: urban).

But you can use The Urban Dictionary as a last resort, or just to browse through to see what people think words and phrases mean. Or to see what the latest slang expressions are. The up and down votes are usually a good indicator as to the reliability of the given definition.

The Urban Dictionary definition of redonkulous is spot on. You can also look up spot on in The Urban Dictionary. But you can't believe everything you read, so without further research I am not sure if the origin if redonkulous that the first definition gives is true.

PS--Thanks for the screen shots from the movie.

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"Last, there is an associated word, redunkulous (note the u), which has come to mean just a little less silly than redonkulous." Is this because a dunkey is a little less stupid animal than a donkey? :) –  BobRodes Jun 22 at 0:40
    
@CarSmack, Thanks for elaborating the whole thing. I understand the meaning & use of it. Have a nice day. :) –  Tulon Jun 22 at 6:26

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