What does facetious mean?

Definitions for facetious
fəˈsi ʃəsface·tious

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bantering, facetious, tongue-in-cheekadjective

    cleverly amusing in tone

    "a bantering tone"; "facetious remarks"; "tongue-in-cheek advice"


  1. facetiousadjective

    Treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor; flippant.

    Robbie's joke about Heather's picture was just him being facetious.

  2. facetiousadjective

    Pleasantly humorous, jocular.

  3. Etymology: From facétieux, from facetia, from facetus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FACETIOUSadjective

    Gay; cheerful; lively; merry; witty. It is used both of persons and sentiments.

    Etymology: facetieux, French; facetiæ, Lat.

    Socrates, informed of some derogating speeches used of him behind his back, made this facetious reply, Let him beat me too when I am absent. Government of the Tongue, s. 6.


  1. facetious

    Facetious is defined as a manner or tone of speech that is meant to be amusing or clever, often in a way that is not serious or sincere. It involves making lighthearted, playful remarks or comments that are not intended to be taken seriously.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Facetiousadjective

    given to wit and good humor; merry; sportive; jocular; as, a facetious companion

  2. Facetiousadjective

    characterized by wit and pleasantry; exciting laughter; as, a facetious story or reply

  3. Etymology: [Cf. F. factieux. See Faceti.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Facetious

    fa-sē′shus, adj. witty, humorous, jocose: bawdy—(obs. or arch.) Facete′.—n.pl. Facetiæ (fa-sē′shi-ē), witty or humorous sayings or writings: a bookseller's term for improper books—of all degrees of indecency.—adv. Facē′tiously.—n. Facē′tiousness. [Fr., from L. facētiafacetus, merry, witty.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of facetious in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of facetious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of facetious in a Sentence

  1. Josh Billings:

    The miser and the glutton are two facetious buzzards: one hides his store, and the other stores his hide.

  2. Sydney Smith:

    You must not think me necessarily foolish because I am facetious, nor will I consider you necessarily wise because you are grave.

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  • Francisco José Chavarría Kleinhenn
    Francisco José Chavarría Kleinhenn
    To be taken at face value without any serious support to what someone is stating
    LikeReply7 years ago

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