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1. One who acts in or writes a farce.
2. A comic; a wag.

[French, from Old French, from farcer, to joke, from farce, farce; see farce.]


1. (Theatre) a writer of or performer in farces
2. a joker
farˈceuse fem n



1. a writer or director of or an actor in farce.
2. a joker; wag.
[1775–85; < French, Middle French, derivative of farc(er) to joke, banter]
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A person whose words or actions provoke or are intended to provoke amusement or laughter:
Informal: card.
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Once returned from the abysms of the utter North to that little house upon the outskirts of Meudon, it was not the philosopher, the daring observer, the man of iron energy that imposed himself on his family, but a fat and even plaintive jester, a farceur incarnate and kindly, the co-equal of his children, and, it must be written, not seldom the comic despair of Madame Lavalle, who, as she writes five years after the marriage, to her venerable mother, found "in this unequalled intellect whose name I bear the abandon of a large and very untidy boy.
How far you may be right in what you have said I do not know," remarked the General moodily; "but I DO know that you are becoming an insufferable farceur whenever you are given the least chance.
He was an elderly man, with a white beard and a florid complexion, who had painted a number of decorations for the State, but these were an object of derision to the students he instructed: he was a disciple of Ingres, impervious to the progress of art and angrily impatient with that tas de farceurs whose names were Manet, Degas, Monet, and Sisley; but he was an excellent teacher, helpful, polite, and encouraging.
As rowdy and ridiculous and filled with gender cartoons as they were, the events of April 30, 1971, might have provided great material for a farceur like Jackie Curtis or the diva Viva.
Seize trotteurs francais de 3 ans et plus formeront la ligne de depart du prix Farceur ce Jeudi a l'hippodrome Emir Abdelkader de Zemmouri.
At the helm of the party is Julius Malema, the talented farceur who sucked his political milk at the ANC Youth League.
Kenneth Branagh proves a born farceur in Sean Foley's adaptation of Francis Veber's classic French farce "The Painkiller.
Kaufman was theatre editor at the New York Times drama desk, after stints as a reporter and reviewer, until 1930, all the while moonlighting as a farceur and script doctor.
La figure paradigmatique du dormeur, a l'abri de tout, expose a tout, est au fait le sujet d'un travail de Mounir Fatmi qui n'a pas manque d'etre censure, Sleep-Al Naim, reference directe a l'iconographie des six heures ou presque de sommeil du poete John Giorno dans Sleep (1963) (10)--qui donne l'illusion d'un long plan-sequence--, d'Andy Warhol, lequel, farceur, a pu rire de ces films qui permettaient de s'absenter et de revenir sans, la plupart du temps, avoir a craindre de rater grand-chose.
Pour le Capitaine, c'est un retour a l'esprit farceur du garcon qu'il a ete et au temps oo il a reve que son metier de marin aurait constamment les couleurs du << sang et de l'audace >>.
Il ne se livre a aucune exhibition de la singularite de l'individu Ricceur, si ce ne sont quelques anecdotes sur l'indiscipline --toute relative-- de l'excellent eleve Ricceur, sur la maladresse du prisonnier, le cote farceur du grand-pere et diverses petites choses du meme tabac.