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[fuh-see-shuh s] /fəˈsi ʃəs/
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
1585-95; facete + -ious; see facetiae
Related forms
facetiously, adverb
facetiousness, noun
nonfacetious, adjective
nonfacetiously, adverb
nonfacetiousness, noun
unfacetious, adjective
unfacetiously, adverb
unfacetiousness, noun
Can be confused
2. See humorous1 .
Usage note
A term labeled Facetious in this dictionary is one that is used consciously for humorous or playful effect. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "The best fellow out," replied the little hero, facetiously, as he took the offered hand.

    Work and Win Oliver Optic
  • I showed her the nine and facetiously asked her to choose; or should I spread them all at once?

    A Sheaf of Corn Mary E. Mann
  • The lessons of Prodicus, whom he facetiously calls his master, are still running in the mind of Socrates.

    Meno Plato
  • facetiously spoken to those who quarrel with a patch about you.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • They would jerk a thumb over a shoulder after him facetiously.

    Bonaventure George Washington Cable
  • "Take my yacht and go to England," said Dillingham, facetiously.

    Charles Frohman: Manager and Man Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
  • I like you, Betty Lee, facetiously, yet truthfully said one of the camp directors as Betty bid her goodbye on the big bridge.

    Betty Lee, Senior Harriet Pyne Grove
  • "It's like taking a hook out of a cat-fish," said the cook, facetiously.

    The Dude Wrangler Caroline Lockhart
  • Among these was a letter from Mr. Broadfoot, schoolmaster in Pennington, who facetiously signed himself "Clashbottom."

British Dictionary definitions for facetiously


characterized by levity of attitude and love of joking: a facetious person
jocular or amusing, esp at inappropriate times: facetious remarks
Derived Forms
facetiously, adverb
facetiousness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French facetieux, from facetie witty saying; see facetiae
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Word Origin and History for facetiously



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]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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