Pronunciation Noun


  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.
  4. (uncountable) A ridiculous or empty show.
    The political arena is a mere farce, with all sorts of fools trying to grab power.
Translations Translations
  • German: Farce
  • Russian: фарс
  • Spanish: farsa, sainete
  • German: Farce
  • Russian: фарс

farce (farces, present participle farcing; past and past participle farced)

  1. To stuff with forcemeat.
  2. (figurative) To fill full; to stuff.
    • The first principles of religion should not be farced with school points and private tenets.
  3. (obsolete) To make fat.
    • 1599, Ben Jonson, Every Man out of His Humour
      if thou wouldst farce thy lean ribs
  4. (obsolete) To swell out; to render pompous.
    • farcing his letter with fustian


  1. (culinary) Forcemeat, stuffing.

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