Facetious Meaning: How to Use this Internet Term Correctly?

The term “facetious” is not a slang term. It is an actual word that is used as a part of every day vocabulary by some. If you have recently heard or seen this word used and were wondering its meaning, then you have come to the right place.

Here you will find the meaning of this slang term, the story of its origin, and other meanings it could possibly have. Some example conversations are featured here as well to highlight the proper usage of the term and hopefully aid you in gaining a deeper understanding of its meaning. Finally, you will learn some alternative words that share the same or similar meaning with the original term that you can use in place of the original to convey the same message.

Facetious Meaning

What Does Facetious Mean?

This term is used most often used in online chatting and text messaging to mean that something is a joke or is funny. It can also be used to describe something or someone that is being sarcastic, witty, or amusing often inappropriately.

Origin of Facetious

This term is derived from the French word “facẻtie” which means “joke.” This French term was derived from the Latin terms “facetus” and “facetia” meaning “witty” and “jest” respectively. The term has been used since the late 16th-century in the manner of the meaning stated above.

Other Meanings

There are currently no other known meanings of this term.

Conversation Examples

A conversation via text message between two friends.

  • Friend 1: Brian annoys me sometimes.
  • Friend 2: He is supposed to be annoying. He is your boyfriend.
  • Friend 1: OMG! You are just as bad as he is sometimes! Quick being facetious, I am trying to talk to you about something serious!

An online discussion between two Facebook users.

  • User 1: I learned a good lesson today.
  • User 2: What lesson did you learn?
  • User 1: You should never be facetious when talking a police officer.
  • User 2: You mean you didn’t know that before? LOL!
  • User 1: No, but I found out today because it got me into even more trouble. He was not happy even though I thought it was funny as hell!

Synonyms for Facetious

There are many words that you can use in place of this particular term that share the same meaning. Some other words you could use in place of this term include:

  • humorous
  • jocular
  • witty

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