Definition of Facetious

1. Adjective. Cleverly amusing in tone. "Tongue-in-cheek advice"

Exact synonyms: Bantering, Tongue-in-cheek
Similar to: Humorous, Humourous
Derivative terms: Facetiousness



Definition of Facetious

1. a. Given to wit and good humor; merry; sportive; jocular; as, a facetious companion.

Definition of Facetious

1. Adjective. Treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor; flippant. ¹

2. Adjective. Pleasantly humorous, jocular. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Facetious

1. [adj]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Facetious

facesitters
facet
facet joints
facet of atlas for dens
facet plane
facet rhizotomy
facete
facetectomy
faceted
facetely
faceth
facetiae
facetime
faceting
facetious (current term)
facetiously
facetiousness
facetiousnesses
facetlike
facets
facetted
facetting
facety
faceup
faceward
facework
faceworker
faceworkers
facia

Literary usage of Facetious

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Transatlantic Sketches, Comprising Visits to the Most Interesting Scenes in by James Edward Alexander (1833)
"How to prevent Prison-breaking facetious Thieves—Robbery of a Mail Coach. ... These gentlemen were very conversable and facetious, mixing up in their ..."

2. A Select Glossary of English Words Used Formerly in Senses Different from by Richard Chenevix Trench (1865)
"He [Archbishop Williams] demonstrated that his mind was the lighter, because his friends were about him, and his facetious wit was true to him at those ..."

3. The United Service (1889)
"facetious NAUTICAL ANECDOTES. THE humorous side of sea-life has had many ... All through the writings of ancient and modern authors we find facetious tales ..."

4. A New and General Biographical Dictionary: Containing an Historical and by William Tooke, William Beloe, Robert Nares (1798)
"BROWN (THOMAS), of facetious memory, ... always lively and facetious. In the mean time Brown made no other advantage of ..."

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