Origin of facetiousFrench facétieux from Classical Latin facetia: see facetiae and -ous
An example of facetious is someone saying that people whose homes have burned down don't have to worry about whether the housekeeper did a good job.
Origin of facetiousFrench facétieux from facétie jest from Latin facētia from facētus witty
(comparative more facetious, superlative most facetious)
- She was a facetious person, intending to be amusing.
- There is no single quick answer, apart from the slightly facetious "in the ground."
- Sorry if that sounds facetious, but it is a valid point.
- Tom thinks he's being funny, but he's only being facetious and rude.
- Sara's parents were very angry with her facetious attitude when they scolded her.