- not meant to be taken seriously or literally: a facetious remark.
- amusing; humorous.
- lacking serious intent; concerned with something nonessential, amusing, or frivolous: a facetious person.
Origin of facetious
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Examples from the Web for facetious
This is not by any means a facetious question: Do you think alcohol should also be made illegal?Live Chat: Let's Talk About Drugs
January 11, 2013
In recent weeks, McHale has used The Soup to promote Community—with facetious knowingness, of course.From Soup to Spotlight
September 13, 2009
Only Maulo, the camp jester, hurled a facetious comment at the corpse.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
“You can be facetious, I see,” the latter observed carelessly.The Secret Agent
And this remark, intended to be facetious, was after all pretty close to the literal truth.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
"Then it will pass, of course," rejoined the facetious physician.
Indeed, he found Mr. Trenchard a most pleasant and facetious gentleman.Mistress Wilding
- characterized by levity of attitude and love of jokinga facetious person
- jocular or amusing, esp at inappropriate timesfacetious remarks
Word Origin and History for facetious
1590s, from French facétieux, from facétie "a joke" (15c.), from Latin 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-timed. Related: Facetiously; facetiousness. "Facetiæ in booksellers' catalogues, is, like curious, a euphemism for erotica." [Fowler]