An example of farce is the show "The Three Stooges."
- Now Rare stuffing, as for a fowl
- an exaggerated comedy based on broadly humorous, highly unlikely situations
- broad humor of the kind found in such plays
- something absurd or ridiculous, as an obvious pretense: his show of grief was a farce
Origin of farceFr, stuffing, hence farce from Vulgar Latin an unverified form farsa from past participle of Classical Latin farcire, to stuff: early farces were comic interludes between acts of plays
transitive verbfarced, farc′ing
- a. A light dramatic work in which highly improbable plot situations, exaggerated characters, and often slapstick elements are used for humorous effect.b. The branch of literature constituting such works.c. The broad or spirited humor characteristic of such works.
- A ludicrous, empty show; a mockery: The fixed election was a farce.
- A seasoned stuffing, as for roasted turkey.
transitive verbfarced, farc·ing, farc·es
- To pad (a speech, for example) with jokes or witticisms.
- To stuff, as for roasting.
Origin of farceMiddle English farse stuffing from Old French farce stuffing, interpolation, interlude from Vulgar Latin farsa from feminine of Latin farsus variant of fartus past participle of farcīre to stuff
(countable and uncountable, plural farces)
- (uncountable) A style of humor marked by broad improbabilities with little regard to regularity or method; compare sarcasm.
- (countable) A motion picture or play featuring this style of humor.
- The farce that we saw last night had us laughing and shaking our heads at the same time.
- (uncountable) A situation abounding with ludicrous incidents.
- The first month of labor negotiations was a farce.
- (uncountable) A ridiculous or empty show.
- The political arena is a mere farce, with all sorts of fools trying to grab power.
From Middle French farce (“comic interlude in a mystery play”).
(third-person singular simple present farces, present participle farcing, simple past and past participle farced)
From Middle English farcen, from Old French farsir, farcir, from Latin farcire (“to cram, stuff”).