facetiously, Norquist adds, “That would raise revenue if we could get more of those 12-year-olds paying cigarette taxes.”
"The best fellow out," replied the little hero, facetiously, as he took the offered hand.
I showed her the nine and facetiously asked her to choose; or should I spread them all at once?
The lessons of Prodicus, whom he facetiously calls his master, are still running in the mind of Socrates.
facetiously spoken to those who quarrel with a patch about you.
They would jerk a thumb over a shoulder after him facetiously.
"Take my yacht and go to England," said Dillingham, facetiously.
I like you, Betty Lee, facetiously, yet truthfully said one of the camp directors as Betty bid her goodbye on the big bridge.
"It's like taking a hook out of a cat-fish," said the cook, facetiously.
Among these was a letter from Mr. Broadfoot, schoolmaster in Pennington, who facetiously signed himself "Clashbottom."
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]