adjective \fə-ˈsē-shəs\

—used to describe speech that is meant to be funny but that is usually regarded as annoying, silly, or not proper

Full Definition of FACETIOUS

:  joking or jesting often inappropriately :  waggish <just being facetious>
:  meant to be humorous or funny :  not serious <a facetious remark>
fa·ce·tious·ly adverb
fa·ce·tious·ness noun

Examples of FACETIOUS

  1. <the essay is a facetious commentary on the absurdity of war as a solution for international disputes>
  2. <a facetious and tasteless remark about people in famine-stricken countries being spared the problem of overeating>
  3. 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


Middle French facetieux, from facetie jest, from Latin facetia
First Known Use: 1599


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