adjective Etymology: Middle French facetieux, from facetie jest, from Latin facetia Date: 1599 1. joking or jesting often inappropriately ; waggish <
just being facetious
2. meant to be humorous or funny ; not serious <
a facetious remark
Synonyms: see wittyfacetiously adverbfacetiousness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • facetious — 1590s, from Fr. facétieux, from facétie a joke (15c.), from L. facetia jest, witticism, from facetus witty, elegant, fine, courteous, of unknown origin, perhaps related to facis torch. It implies a desire to be amusing, often intrusive or ill… …   Etymology dictionary

  • facetious — humorous, jocose, jocular, *witty Analogous words: joking, jesting, quipping, wisecracking (see corresponding nouns at JOKE): jolly, jovial, jocund, *merry, blithe: comical, comic, droll, funny, ludicrous, *laughable Antonyms: lugubrious… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • facetious — [adj] tongue in cheek, kidding amusing, blithe, capering, clever, comic, comical, droll, dry, fanciful, farcical, flip*, flippant, frivolous, funny, gay, humorous, indecorous, ironic, irreverent, jesting, jocose, jocular, joking, joshing,… …   New thesaurus

  • facetious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ trivially or inappropriately humorous. DERIVATIVES facetiously adverb facetiousness noun. ORIGIN French facétieux, from Latin facetia jest …   English terms dictionary

  • facetious — [fə sē′shəs] adj. [Fr facétieux < L facetia: see FACETIAE & OUS] joking or trying to be jocular, esp. at an inappropriate time SYN. WITTY facetiously adv. facetiousness n …   English World dictionary

  • facetious — facetiously, adv. facetiousness, n. /feuh see sheuhs/, adj. 1. not meant to be taken seriously or literally: a facetious remark. 2. amusing; humorous. 3. lacking serious intent; concerned with something nonessential, amusing, or frivolous: a… …   Universalium

  • facetious — fa|ce|tious [fəˈsi:ʃəs] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: facétieux, from facétie joke ] saying things that are intended to be clever and funny but are really silly and annoying ▪ Don t be so facetious! ▪ facetious comments >facetiously… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • facetious — fa|ce|tious [ fə siʃəs ] adjective trying to be funny in a way that is not appropriate: I wasn t being facetious. facetious comments ╾ fa|ce|tious|ly adverb ╾ fa|ce|tious|ness noun uncount …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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