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facetious (fəˈsiːʃəs



  1. characterized by levity of attitude and love of joking   ⇒  ■ a facetious person
  2. jocular or amusing, esp at inappropriate times   ⇒  ■ facetious remarks

Derived Forms

faˈcetiously  adverb
faˈcetiousness  noun

Word Origin

C16: from Old French facetieux, from facetie witty saying; see facetiae


View thesaurus entry
= flippant, funny, amusing, witty, merry, humorous, playful, pleasant, frivolous, tongue in cheek, comical, jesting, droll, jocular, waggish, unserious, jocose

Example Sentences Including 'facetious'

Neil was suspicious of the old pilot's facetious tone, sensing that some elaborate practical joke was about to unfold.
Ballard, J. G. Rushing to Paradise
Nancy asked the chef if he had seen her, but the answer was, `No.' Now George was sorry she had been facetious about her cousin.
Keene, Carolyn The Secret of the Forgotten City
Five vowels in the right order occurred in the word ` facetious ".
Aird, Catherine A Dead Liberty


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