from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Playfully jocular; humorous: facetious remarks.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor; flippant.
- adj. Pleasantly humorous, jocular.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Given to wit and good humor; merry; sportive; jocular.
- adj. Characterized by wit and pleasantry; exciting laughter.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Sportive; jocular, without lack of dignity; abounding in fun: as, a facetious companion.
- Full of pleasantry; playful, but not undignified; exciting laughter: as, a facetious story.
- Synonyms Merry, Jovial, etc. (see jolly); jocose, humorous, funny, droll, comical.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. cleverly amusing in tone
The words “excellent in the quality he professes,” refer most likely to the Poet's acting; while the term facetious is used, apparently, not in the sense it now bears, but in that of felicitous or happy, as was common at that time.
I don't mean to be facetious, because I don't know what the word facetious means.
But this is what I call the facetious riddle invented by you: the demigods or spirits are gods, and you say first that I do not believe in gods, and then again that I do believe in gods; that is, if I believe in demigods.
I like the word facetious too, Zoom, because I associate it with a very funny story.
The first time I ever heard the word facetious was on a Simpsons episode.
He had meant to be a little facetious about the Greek words; but it was the slowly prepared and rather exasperating facetiousness of an ageing man, and he had dropped it listlessly, as though he himself had perceived this.
This provided too good an opportunity for the wits of the town to miss, and they promptly renamed the house as the Goose and Gridiron, which recalls the facetious landlord who, on gaining possession of premises once used as a music-house, chose for his sign a goose stroking the bars of a gridiron and inscribed beneath, "The Swan and Harp."
"White," called a facetious member, but White did not notice.
` ` White, '' called a facetious member, but White did not notice.
You say that kind of facetious-like, but it really is true.
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