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Etymology 1Edit

Borrowed from Middle French farce (comic interlude in a mystery play, literally stuffing).


farce (countable and uncountable, plural farces)

  1. (uncountable) A style of humor marked by broad improbabilities with little regard to regularity or method.
  2. (countable) A motion picture or play featuring this style of humor.
    The farce that we saw last night had us laughing and shaking our heads at the same time.
    • 1892, Walter Besant, “Prologue: Who is Edmund Gray?”, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, [], OCLC 16832619:
      Thus, when he drew up instructions in lawyer language []; his clerks [] understood him very well. If he had written a love letter, or a farce, or a ballade, or a story, no one, either clerks, or friends, or compositors, would have understood anything but a word here and a word there.
  3. (uncountable) A situation abounding with ludicrous incidents.
    The first month of labor negotiations was a farce.
    • 2012 May 9, Jonathan Wilson, “Europa League: Radamel Falcao's Atlético Madrid rout Athletic Bilbao”, in the Guardian:
      The first match in the magnificent new national stadium was a Euro 2012 qualifier between Romania and France that soon descended into farce as the pitch cut up and players struggled to maintain their footing. Amorebieta at times seemed to be paying homage to that game, but nobody else seemed to have a problem; it was just that Falcao was far better than him.
  4. (uncountable) A ridiculous or empty show.
    The political arena is a mere farce, with all sorts of fools trying to grab power.
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English farcen, from Old French farsir, farcir, from Latin farciō (to cram, stuff).


farce (third-person singular simple present farces, present participle farcing, simple past and past participle farced)

  1. To stuff with forcemeat.
  2. (figuratively) To fill full; to stuff.
    • (Can we date this quote by Bishop Sanderson and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      The first principles of religion should not be farced with school points and private tenets.
  3. (obsolete) To make fat.
    • (Can we date this quote by Ben Jonson and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      if thou wouldst farce thy lean ribs
  4. (obsolete) To swell out; to render pompous.
    • (Can we date this quote by Sandys and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      farcing his letter with fustian


Further readingEdit





  1. dative singular of farka
  2. locative singular of farka



From Old French farse, from Medieval Latin farsa, feminine perfect passive participle from farcīre, from farciō (I stuff). The theatre sense alludes to the pleasant and varied character of certain stuffed food items.[1][2]



farce f (plural farces)

  1. (cooking) stuffing
  2. (theater) farce

Related termsEdit


  • Danish: fars
  • German: Farce
  • Italian: farsa
  • Spanish: farsa
  • Swedish: fars

Further readingEdit


  1. ^ farce” in Émile Littré, Dictionnaire de la langue française, 1872-1877.
  2. ^ von Wartburg, Walther (1928-2002), “farcire”, in Französisches Etymologisches Wörterbuch (in German), volume 30, page 416



farcḕ m (plural farā̀tā, possessed form farcèn)

  1. fingernail
    Synonym: ƙumba



farce f

  1. plural of farcia



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farce f (plural farces)

  1. (Jersey) batter