[ 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

Can be confused

facetious 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


/ (fəˈsiːʃəs) /


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

Derived Forms

facetiously, adverbfacetiousness, noun

Word Origin for facetious

C16: from Old French facetieux, from facetie witty saying; see facetiae
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