Simple Definition of facetious
—used to describe speech that is meant to be funny but that is usually regarded as annoying, silly, or not proper
Examples of facetious in a sentence
Nor was Liebling seriously asserting that his facetious bit of investigation into Tin Pan Alley history constituted a refutation of Sartre's philosophy. —Raymond Sokolov, Wayward Reporter, 1980
… old ladies shrivelling to nothing in a forest of flowers and giant facetious get-well cards … —John Updike, Trust Me, 1962
The portrait is good, the prose embroidered here with the facetious parlance—is that the word?—of clubs. —V. S. Pritchett, “Club and Country,” 1949, in A Man of Letters, 1985
<the essay is a facetious commentary on the absurdity of war as a solution for international disputes>
<a facetious and tasteless remark about people in famine-stricken countries being spared the problem of overeating>
Did You Know?
Facetious came to English from the Middle French word facetieux, which traces to the Latin word facetia, meaning "jest." "Facetia" seems to have made only one other lasting contribution to the English language: facetiae, meaning "witty or humorous writings or sayings." "Facetiae," which comes from the plural of "facetia" and is pronounced fuh-SEE-shee-ee or fuh-SEE-shee-eye, is a far less common word than "facetious," but it does show up occasionally. For example, in a letter to the editor published in the Seattle Times, August 26, 1995, a reader used the following words to describe a column written by the humorist Dave Barry: "Hey, it's a HUMOR column, based entirely upon facetiae."
Origin of facetious
Middle French facetieux, from facetie jest, from Latin facetia
First Known Use: 1599
Synonym Discussion of facetious
FACETIOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of facetious for Students
: intended or trying to be funny <a facetious remark>
Headscratcher for facetious
Facetious is one of the few words in English that contain all the vowels (not including “y”) in alphabetical order.
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up facetious? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).