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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj facetious cleverly amusing in tone "a bantering tone","facetious remarks","tongue-in-cheek advice"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The words "abstemioius," and "facetious" both have all the five vowels in them in order
    • Facetious Characterized by wit and pleasantry; exciting laughter; as, a facetious story or reply.
    • Facetious Given to wit and good humor; merry; sportive; jocular; as, a facetious companion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There are at least two words in the English language that use all of the vowels, in the correct order, and end in the letter Y: abstemiously & facetiously.
    • facetious Sportive; jocular, without lack of dignity; abounding in fun: as, a facetious companion.
    • facetious Full of pleasantry; playful, but not undignified; exciting laughter: as, a facetious story.
    • facetious Synonyms Merry, Jovial, etc. (see jolly); jocose, humorous, funny, droll, comical.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious."
    • adj Facetious fa-sē′shus witty, humorous, jocose: bawdy—(obs. or arch.) Facete′
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  • Josh Billings
    “The miser and the glutton are two facetious buzzards: one hides his store, and the other stores his hide.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. facétieux,. See Facetiæ
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr., from L. facētiafacetus, merry, witty.


In literature:

He was a facetious little fellow, and, it was said, very clever in his profession.
"Poor Jack" by Frederick Marryat
That day, Captain Reud having been invited to dine with the admiral at the Penn, we were consequently deprived of his facetiousness.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
The facetious Tom Brown committed a strange blunder in his translation of Gelli's Circe.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
These facetious passages were, of course, confined to the society in which the masters moved, and we boys knew them only by hearsay.
"Fifteen Chapters of Autobiography" by George William Erskine Russell
Becoming desperate, and being naturally irascible, as well as humorous, he took a grimly facetious course.
"Post Haste" by R.M. Ballantyne
Oh, I don't mean it in the facetious sense!
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
Scrooge resumed his labours with an improved opinion of himself, and in more facetious temper than was usual with him.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 6" by Charles H. Sylvester
Well, why do you assume your facetious tone on reading that?
"French and Oriental Love in a Harem" by Mario Uchard
Sometimes he was quite brazen and facetious.
"We Three" by Gouverneur Morris
They put into their collections all they knew in the way of legends, jokes, and facetious stories.
"A Literary History of the English People" by Jean Jules Jusserand
Sorry I can't allow you time to make a will," he added facetiously, "but I've got to get back to my work.
"Peak and Prairie" by Anna Fuller
Ernest could be facetious.
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie
The jokes which form the themes of the Russian facetious tales are for the most part common to all Europe.
"Russian Fairy Tales" by W. R. S. Ralston
He loved the ironical and facetious; and did not scruple to indulge in ridicule even at the expense of his intimate associates.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
The latter was father of the facetious Tom Hood, who was born here in 1798.
"The Book-Hunter in London" by William Roberts
The crowd began to wax facetious.
"A Tame Surrender, A Story of The Chicago Strike" by Charles King
Scrooge resumed his labours with an improved opinion of himself, and in a more facetious temper than was usual with him.
"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens
When you try to be facetious you altogether cease to be useful.
"General John Regan" by George A. Birmingham
They would jerk a thumb over a shoulder after him facetiously.
"Bonaventure" by George Washington Cable
I showed her the nine and facetiously asked her to choose; or should I spread them all at once?
"A Sheaf of Corn" by Mary E. Mann

In news:

I'm not trying to be facetious.
OK, Troy is being a bit facetious about the "minor, insignificant acts," but you get his point how a major moment with astronomical stakes suddenly could take a back seat to the sensational in today's media frenzy.
Chicken feet exports to China, which at one point brought in $278 million for the United States, has become a rather facetious-sounding sparring ground for very serious trade conflicts between the two countries.
While the idea might seem facetious or amusing on its face, it was good enough for Sung Wook Paek of MIT 's department of aeronautics and astronautics to win the 2012 Move an Asteroid Technical Paper Competition sponsored by the.
But he quickly made it clear that, while that remark was facetious, the TiVo threat is serious.
But it's also worth noting, with only a smidgen of facetiousness, why it actually makes some sense for Romney to praise Bill Clinton, apart from the blatant political gamesmanship at work.
When I read last week that Sears was getting back into the layaway business for the first time in nearly 20 years, I sent a colleague a facetious e-mail reading: "Why, it's just like the '60s".
But perhaps he is being facetious when he quotes the lyrics of "There Is Nothing Like a Dame" from "South Pacific" to describe his attitude.
Hundreds of protesters march in Salt Lake City Monday, Feb 28, 2011, in support of Tim DeChristopher, who is accused of facetiously staking a claim to 13 parcels of land for nearly $1.8 million.
The Exclamation Point at the End of This Headline About the FIBA Championships Is Not Facetious.
S traight out of Kingston, Jamaica, the Skatalites are a sufficiently epochal act that naming them the real deal would be almost facetious.
It is commonly referred to as The Cup, The Holy Grail, or facetiously (chiefly by sportswriters) as Lord Stanley 's Mug.

In science:

It is obviously rather facetious just to equate the two philosophies for such a reason but, in the following, we wish to discuss where the analogy succeeds and where it fails.
Relationalism vs. Bayesianism
It is perhaps quite facetious to attempt to identify these two philosophies, but there is certainly a curious analogy between the two.
Relationalism vs. Bayesianism