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Examples of farceur in a Sentence
a knockabout comedy that was performed by a trio of accomplished farceurs
Recent Examples of farceur from the Web
Vulgar, old-fashioned, and paralytically funny, performed by a big cast of expert farceurs.
The work has been seen before (the cast was different but the reviews were mixed), and its author reportedly is revising extensively for Broadway with the help of his highly experienced farceur-director, Jerry Zaks.
Big, vulgar, a little old-fashioned, and paralytically funny, with expert farceurs galore.
Reviewing an early Georges Feydeau comedy, a droll critic predicted that this master farceur would go mad and end his days in an asylum.
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Did You Know?
You've probably already spotted the "farce" in "farceur." But although "farceur" can now refer to someone who performs or composes farce, it began life in the late 18th century as a word for someone who is simply known for cracking jokes. Appropriately, farceur derives via Modern French from the Middle French farcer, meaning "to joke." If you think of "farce" as a composition of ridiculous humor with a "stuffed" or contrived plot, then it should not surprise you that "farce" originally meant "forcemeat"-seasoned meat used for a stuffing-and that both "farce" and "farceur" can be ultimately traced back to the Latin verb farcire, meaning "to stuff."
Origin and Etymology of farceur
First Known Use: 1781See Words from the same year
Synonymscard, comedian, comic, droll, humorist, funnyman, gagger, gagman, gagster, jester, joker, jokester, wag, wit
Related Wordscomedienne, entertainer; banterer, cutup, kidder, knockabout, practical joker, prankster, quipper, quipster, teaser, wisecracker; buffoon, clown, fool, harlequin, zany; caricaturist, lampooner, parodist, satirist
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