facetious

[ fuh-see-shuh s ]
/ fəˈsi ʃəs /

adjective

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
Can be confusedfacetious factious factitious fictional fictitious

Usage note

A term labeled Facetious in this dictionary is one that is used consciously for humorous or playful effect.
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British Dictionary definitions for facetious

facetious

/ (fəˈsiːʃəs) /

adjective

characterized by levity of attitude and love of jokinga facetious person
jocular or amusing, esp at inappropriate timesfacetious remarks
Derived Formsfacetiously, adverbfacetiousness, noun

Word Origin for facetious

C16: from Old French facetieux, from facetie witty saying; see facetiae
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Word Origin and History for facetious

facetious


adj.

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]

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