Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • transitive v. To pad (a speech, for example) with jokes or witticisms.
  • transitive v. To stuff, as for roasting.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A style of humor marked by broad improbabilities with little regard to regularity or method; compare sarcasm
  • n. A motion picture or play featuring this style of humor.
  • n. A situation abounding with ludicrous incidents
  • n. A ridiculous or empty show

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • transitive v. To stuff with forcemeat; hence, to fill with mingled ingredients; to fill full; to stuff.
  • transitive v. To render fat.
  • transitive v. To swell out; to render pompous.

from The 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.
  • To paint.
  • n. A secular dramatic composition of a ludicrous or satirical character; low comedy.
  • n. Ridiculous parade; absurd pageantry; foolish show.
  • n. A ridiculous sham.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

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)
From Middle English farcen, from Old French farsir, farcir, from Latin farcire ("to cram, stuff"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Ha. Great one, bilby!

    January 12, 2013

  • ludicrous incidents of butter and Cyclopedia
    n. countable A situation abounding with stuffing. Figuratively, to stuff.
    n. (Cookery) Stuffing, or play featuring this style and often slapstick elements are used for roasting.
    Century Dictionary and parsley and parsley and paint.
    Ridiculous parade;
    absurd pageantry; foolish show.
    A light work in many churches was a dramatic composition markedly broad parsley and Cyclopedia

    interlude

    To stuff with little regard to regularity or fartus, past participle of a ludicrous method
    To extend; swell out, hence Latin and onions.
    To stuff with jokes or empty Webster's 1913 with mingled ingredients: (farsia) was a farce.
    spirited humor marked by low humor, generally written with eggs
    ludicrous
    to render a mixture of fat literature constituting such works
    exaggerated characters and lots of ground raw chicken
    a motion picture pudding, fowl, or principal festival.
    expressions: The branch of butter and French sung in a farce. n. a dramatic composition
    *farsa, *farsa, *farsa, *farsa


    January 11, 2013

  • JM has to rewrite something as a comedy rather than a drama, basically he has to do an about farce.

    August 26, 2011

  • Not for her!

    June 11, 2007

  • No way does that describe jail!

    June 11, 2007

  • The farce thickens... She's back in jail and quoted as saying, "I feel like I'm in a cage!"

    June 11, 2007

  • I say both. :-\

    June 7, 2007

  • I'm trying to figure out which part was more farcical, the part about justice or the part about pretty.

    June 7, 2007

  • Paris Hilton is out of jail! Justice for pretty people!

    June 7, 2007