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

OTHER WORDS FROM facetious

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH facetious

facetious factious factitious fictional fictitious

usage note for facetious

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 forms of facetious

facetiously, adverbfacetiousness, noun

Word Origin for facetious

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