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fa·ce·tious

 (fə-sē′shəs)
adj.
Playfully jocular; humorous: facetious remarks.

[French facétieux, from facétie, jest, from Latin facētia, from facētus, witty.]

fa·ce′tious·ly adv.
fa·ce′tious·ness n.

facetious

(fəˈsiːʃəs)
adj
1. characterized by levity of attitude and love of joking: a facetious person.
2. jocular or amusing, esp at inappropriate times: facetious remarks.
[C16: from Old French facetieux, from facetie witty saying; see facetiae]
faˈcetiously adv
faˈcetiousness n

fa•ce•tious

(fəˈsi ʃəs)

adj.
1. not meant to be taken seriously or literally: a facetious remark.
2. amusing; humorous.
3. lacking serious intent: a facetious person.
[1585–95; < Latin facētus clever, witty. See -ious]
fa•ce′tious•ly, adv.
fa•ce′tious•ness, n.

facetious

- Originally meant "having polished or urbane manners," and, along with sequoia, uses all five vowels.
See also related terms for polished.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.facetious - cleverly amusing in tonefacetious - cleverly amusing in tone; "a bantering tone"; "facetious remarks"; "tongue-in-cheek advice"
humorous, humourous - full of or characterized by humor; "humorous stories"; "humorous cartoons"; "in a humorous vein"

facetious

adjective flippant, funny, amusing, witty, merry, humorous, playful, pleasant, frivolous, tongue in cheek, comical, jesting, droll, jocular, waggish, unserious, jocose Are you going to listen or just make facetious remarks?
serious, earnest, grave, genuine, sober, sincere, thoughtful, sedate, lugubrious, pensive, dinkum (Austral & N.Z. informal)

facetious

adjective
Intended to excite laughter or amusement:
Translations
طَريف، فَكِه
лекомисленнепочтителеншеговит
směšnývtipný
epäasiallinen
tréfás
gamansamur
juokaujamaijuokaujamassąmojingaisąmojingumas
jocīgszobgalīgs
grappigspotterig
veselý

facetious

[fəˈsiːʃəs] ADJ [person] → ocurrente, ingenioso; [remark] → jocoso, gracioso
don't be facetiousdeja de decir frivolidades

facetious

[fəˈsiːʃəs] adjfacétieux/euse

facetious

adj remark, speech, tonewitzelnd, spöttisch, mokant; to be facetious (about something) (→ über etw (acc)) → Witze machen, sich (→ über etw (acc)) → mokieren; facetious humourBlödeleien pl; if satire is merely facetiouswenn Satire zur Blödelei wird; I was just being facetiousdas war doch nur ein Witz or so eine Blödelei (inf)

facetious

[fəˈsiːʃəs] adjfaceto/a
don't be facetious → non fare lo spiritoso

facetious

(fəˈsiːʃəs) adjective
not serious; intended to be funny or humorous. a facetious remark.
faˈcetiously adverb
faˈcetiousness noun
References in classic literature ?
Secondly: People ashore have indeed some indefinite idea that a whale is an enormous creature of enormous power; but I have ever found that when narrating to them some specific example of this two-fold enormousness, they have significantly complimented me upon my facetiousness; when, I declare upon my soul, I had no more idea of being facetious than Moses, when he wrote the history of the plagues of Egypt.
My captain, you must have ere this perceived, respected sir --said the imperturbable godly-looking Bunger, slightly bowing to Ahab -- is apt to be facetious at times; he spins us many clever things of that sort.
And, with that, aunty gave George a nudge with her finger, designed to be immensely facetious, and turned again to her griddle with great briskness.
The discourse was resumed presently, but it went lame and halting, all possibility of impressiveness being at an end; for even the gravest sentiments were constantly being received with a smothered burst of unholy mirth, under cover of some remote pew-back, as if the poor parson had said a rarely facetious thing.
Scrooge returned his labours with an improved opinion of himself, and in a more facetious temper than was usual with him.
cried Wemmick, suddenly hitting out at the turnkey in a facetious way, "you're dumb as one of your own keys when you have to do with my principal, you know you are.
Ivanhoe, who had other web to weave than to stand canvassing a palfrey's paces with its owner, lent but a deaf ear to the Prior's grave advices and facetious jests, and having leapt on his mare, and commanded his squire (for such Gurth now called himself) to keep close by his side, he followed the track of the Black Knight into the forest, while the Prior stood at the gate of the convent looking after him, and ejaculating, ``Saint Mary
Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to twelve, did not linger to look at the motley dresses displayed all the way up the marble steps, one of the richest settings in the world, allowed no facetious mask to draw him into a war of wits, replied to no jests and shook off the bold familiarity of a number of couples who had already become a trifle too gay.
It is quite true," said the curate, who saw the object of his friend the barber; and Cardenio, Don Fernando and his companions agreed with him, and even the Judge, if his thoughts had not been so full of Don Luis's affair, would have helped to carry on the joke; but he was so taken up with the serious matters he had on his mind that he paid little or no attention to these facetious proceedings.
He said to himself:--I shall see whether the wise Socrates will discover my facetious contradiction, or whether I shall be able to deceive him and the rest of them.
He pointed out-- writing in a foolish, facetious tone--that the perfection of mechanical appliances must ultimately supersede limbs; the perfection of chemical devices, digestion; that such organs as hair, external nose, teeth, ears, and chin were no longer essential parts of the human being, and that the tendency of natural selection would lie in the direction of their steady diminution through the coming ages.
With the passionate song of the bullets and the banshee shrieks of shells were mingled loud catcalls and bits of facetious advice concerning places of safety.