Usage examples for facetious

  1. Besides the bore condescending, who, whether good- natured or ill- natured, is a most provoking animal- there is the bore facetious, an insufferable creature, always laughing, but with whom you can never laugh. – Tales & Novels, Vol. IX [Contents: Harrington; Thoughts on Bores; Ormond] by Maria Edgeworth
  2. She had not only played and sung those noisy native folksongs of hers, but she had, it seemed, conducted herself with a certain facetious familiarity toward his lordship. – Ruggles of Red Gap by Harry Leon Wilson
  3. When that notion entered his head he ceased to be facetious about the training; he became suddenly as serious as Collingwood himself. – The Jester of St. Timothy's by Arthur Stanwood Pier
  4. The reply was facetious but decisive. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  5. How we've all had to live down that dreadfully facetious and grotesque and familiar article he printed about us all in those twenty American newspapers that have got the largest circulation in the world! – The Martian by George Du Maurier
  6. Notwithstanding this well known denial, however, Renneberg thought it facetious to send the letter into Steenvayk, where it produced but small effect upon the minds' of the burghers. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  7. He had been greatly annoyed by the facetious meetings of the good people of New Amsterdam, but observing that on these occasions the pipe was ever in their mouth, he began to think that the pipe was at the bottom of the affair, and that there was some mysterious affinity between politics and tobacco smoke. – Knickerbocker's History of New York, Complete by Washington Irving
  8. " Mr. Blaine, if you are inclined to be facetious, sir, let me tell you this is neither the time nor place for an attempt at a jest! – The Crevice by William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
  9. I tried to be facetious. – Home Fires in France by Dorothy Canfield
  10. He tried to appear facetious, poking around the kitchen, and teasing the magpie, which was following his footsteps with inquisitive anxiety. – A Woodland Queen, Complete by Andre Theuriet Last Updated: March 3, 2009
  11. " It's hard work to keep up with you," said John, not strongly impressed by the attempt of his friend to be facetious. – The Go Ahead Boys on Smugglers' Island by Ross Kay
  12. Down Holborn and past Staples' Inn, very grey and venerable in the pale light, and where the facetious driver of a donkey- cart tried to race us; past the now silent and deserted cloisters of Christ's Hospital, and under Bow Bells in Cheapside; past the Monument of the famous fire, and over London Bridge, where the mist was heavy on the river and the barges showed spectre- like through it, and where hucksters greeted us after their fashion, one crying, 'Go in, hind one! – A Canterbury Pilgrimage by Joseph Pennell and Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  13. And many other facetious inquiries, hard to bear in public. – Penrod and Sam by Booth Tarkington
  14. " Your watch is wrong," he declared, with a grin intended to be facetious, but which scarcely disguised the feelings lying behind it. – The Son of his Father by Ridgwell Cullum
  15. In his " Fragmenta Regalia" Sir Robert Naunton describes him as " an archpeece of wit and wisdom," stating that " he was abundantly facetious which took much with the Queen when it was suited with the season as he was well able to judge of his times." – The Mystery of Francis Bacon by William T. Smedley
  16. " But could we not," said my facetious companion, " go it on that?" – Locusts and Wild Honey by John Burroughs
  17. Andrew stooped his head down to the child's, and rubbed his rough cheek against her soft one, with his old facetious caress. – The Portion of Labor by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  18. Yes, he had the same funny lines still, and once she touched his forehead lightly for an instant with her slender fingers in facetious demonstration, and he trembled in painful rapture. – Dreamers of the Ghetto by I. Zangwill
  19. At times when he was facetious as he had been this morning I was wont to lose sight of the fact that with Farrar the manner was not the man, and to forget the warmth of his friendship. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  20. When Lord Helmstone said that- which, in the way of facetious persons secure from criticism, he did a great many times- a colour like a girl's would sometimes overspread Ranny's face, in spite of the implication being so little of a novelty. – My Little Sister by Elizabeth Robins