- 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 facetiously
Facetiously, Norquist adds, “That would raise revenue if we could get more of those 12-year-olds paying cigarette taxes.”Grover Norquist Sees the Fiscal Cliff and Guns It
November 17, 2012
I asked, facetiously, but I didn't feel in the least humorous.Jane Journeys On
Ruth Comfort Mitchell
"I thought it would come to that," says Mr. Snivel, facetiously.
"To be popular with the people, is truly an honor," interrupts the lady, facetiously.
They would jerk a thumb over a shoulder after him facetiously.Bonaventure
George Washington Cable
"Things like the March Hare, for example," suggested Paul facetiously.Paul and the Printing Press
Sara Ware Bassett
- characterized by levity of attitude and love of jokinga facetious person
- jocular or amusing, esp at inappropriate timesfacetious remarks
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]