A Word A Day : Facetious

Saturday, 17th November 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective )

Pronunciation : fa-se-shess

1. intended to be humorous but often silly or inappropriate
2. playfully jocular
3. intended to excite laughter or amusement


French facétieux - from facétie - jest, from Latin facētia - from facētus - witty


amusing, blithe, capering, clever, comic, comical, droll, dry, fanciful, farcical, flip*, flippant, frivolous, funny, gay, humorous, indecorous, ironic, irreverent, jesting, jocose, jocular, joking, joshing, laughable, ludicrous, merry, not serious, playful, pleasant, punning, ridiculous, salty, sarcastic, satirical, smart, sportive, sprightly, tongue-in-cheek, waggish, whimsical, wisecracking, witty, wry


formal, grave, lugubrious, serious, sober, somber

Contextual Example:

• Do not respond to her facetious remarks.

• He was bored at the vicarage, and then on the last day his uncle put him the usual question in the usual facetious tone.

Related Words:

1. facetiously : Adverb

2. facetiousness : Noun

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