American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A light dramatic work in which highly improbable plot situations, exaggerated characters, and often slapstick elements are used for humorous effect.
- n. The branch of literature constituting such works.
- n. The broad or spirited humor characteristic of such works.
- n. A ludicrous, empty show; a mockery: The fixed election was a farce.
- n. A seasoned stuffing, as for roasted turkey.
- v. To pad (a speech, for example) with jokes or witticisms.
- v. To stuff, as for roasting.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To stuff; cram.
- Specifically In cookery, to stuff, as a pudding, fowl, or roast, with various meats, oysters, bread, or other ingredients, variously flavored or spiced; fill with stuffing.
- Figuratively, to fill, as a speech or written composition, with various scraps of wit or humor; make “spicy.”
- To extend; swell out.
- To fatten.
- n. A secular dramatic composition of a ludicrous or satirical character; low comedy. Originally the name (farsia) was applied to a canticle in a mixture of Latin and French, sung in many churches at the principal festivals, especially on Christmas. The modern farce is:
- n. Ridiculous parade; absurd pageantry; foolish show.
- n. A ridiculous sham.
- To paint.
- n. uncountable A style of humor marked by broad improbabilities with little regard to regularity or method; compare sarcasm
- n. countable A motion picture or play featuring this style of humor.
- n. uncountable A situation abounding with ludicrous incidents
- n. uncountable A ridiculous or empty show
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To stuff with forcemeat; hence, to fill with mingled ingredients; to fill full; to stuff.
- v. obsolete To render fat.
- v. obsolete To swell out; to render pompous.
- n. (Cookery) Stuffing, or mixture of viands, like that used on dressing a fowl; forcemeat.
- n. A low style of comedy; a dramatic composition marked by low humor, generally written with little regard to regularity or method, and abounding with ludicrous incidents and expressions.
- n. Ridiculous or empty show.
- v. fill with a stuffing while cooking
- n. mixture of ground raw chicken and mushrooms with pistachios and truffles and onions and parsley and lots of butter and bound with eggs
- n. a comedy characterized by broad satire and improbable situations
- From Middle English farcen, from Old French farsir, farcir, from Latin farcire ("to cram, stuff"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English farse, stuffing, from Old French farce, stuffing, interpolation, interlude, from Vulgar Latin *farsa, from feminine of farsus, variant of fartus, past participle of farcīre, to stuff. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The French word farce is derived from farcir, going back to the Latin farcire which meant "to stuff.”
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