from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who acts in or writes a farce.
  • n. A comic; a wag.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who writes farces, or who performs in them
  • n. A farcical comedian

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A writer or player of farces; a joker; a wag.


French, from Old French, from farcer, to joke, from farce, farce; see farce.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed directly from French (Wiktionary)


  • These transcripts of the 30 'best' interviews run the gamut from the farceur Ben Travers, who saw WG Grace play, to Lily Allen

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  • These transcripts of the 30 "best" selected by the programme's deviser and producer for 34 years run the gamut from the farceur Ben Travers, who saw WG Grace play and was in Australia during England's 1928-29 tour when Don Bradman made his Test debut, to Lily Allen, whose interest in the game was sparked by the 2005 Ashes.

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  • Shephard and Rennison note that Innes belongs to what the novelist and critic Julian Symons once called the “farceur” school of English detective fiction, a group of books that often have improbable characters and over-the-top plots.

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  • All this is far more than clever enough—one expects no less from so accomplished a farceur —but what makes "The School for Lies" so memorable is its author's virtuosic use of language.

    Flying Couplets and Canapés

  • And The Last Picture Show's long-AWOL Timothy Bottoms, who played George Bush in the latter, had previously essayed the role of W – as party-hearty, cheerfully dimwitted farceur – in Trey Parker and Matt Stone's sitcom, Where's My Bush?

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  • Now at City Center, it reminds us how modern -- and insightful -- the farceur was.

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  • Aside from his RAF colleague, the playwright and farceur Ben Travers, who worked in security and had a similarly earthy sense of humor,50 Dahl made few friends at the embassy, confessing to his mother that his “main pals” were Swiss, Poles and Americans.51


  • Sour Grapes '' is nothing to look at -- it's sitcom drab -- but David has the requisite ruthlessness of the true  farceur,   willing to follow the tale's dark logic to its dottiest ends.

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  • Related Terms & Expressions: la farce = stuffing une farce = a prank, practical joke un farceur, une farceuse = a practical joker farceur, farceuse (adjective) = mischievous tomates farcies = stuffed tomatoes farci de fautes = littered with mistakes se farcir quelqu'un = to put up with someone avoir la tête farcie = to have had enough (of another's shenanigans, of one's own problems) Ex.: J'ai la tête farcie!

    French Word-A-Day:

  • Alan Ayckbourn, the greatest farceur of our time, first made his mark in 1969 with this deliriously complicated four-hander about a philandering businessman and a sexy secretary who get caught with their pants at half-mast.

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