- The definition of a farce is something that is intended to be seen as ridiculous, particularly a comedy based on an unlikely situation.
An example of farce is the show "The Three Stooges."
farce definition by Webster's New World
- 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: French stuffing, hence farce ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form farsa ; from past participle of Classical Latin farcire, to stuff: early farces were used to fill interludes between acts
farce definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
- To pad (a speech, for example) with jokes or witticisms.
- To stuff, as for roasting.
Origin: 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.