Examples from the Web for facetious
This is not by any means a facetious question: Do you think alcohol should also be made illegal?
In recent weeks, McHale has used The Soup to promote Community—with facetious knowingness, of course.
Facetious remarks, ignorant questions, thoughtless exclamations, are harder to bear here than elsewhere.Letters from the Holy Land|Elizabeth Butler
His facetious genius could not conceal the real learning and the practical knowledge which he derived from personal observation.Amenities of Literature|Isaac Disraeli
There was a magnetism of dulness in them which would have beaten down the most facetious companion that the earth ever knew.American Notes for General Circulation|Charles Dickens
Scarron's "Comical romance: or a facetious history of a company of strowling stage-players," London, 1676, fol.The English Novel in the Time of Shakespeare|J. J. Jusserand
My facetious little companion said that I had selected this species of hat because I was always more than half asleep!The Gorilla Hunters|R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for facetious
Word Origin for facetious
Word Origin and History for facetious
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]