One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A writer of or performer in farces.
- ‘In either case, the juxtaposition of sly humour and high drama seems to mirror the gap between Stiller's two personas, as farceur and tragedian.’
- ‘Both proved themselves adept farceurs, savouring every idiotic situation and line of dialogue with gusto and panache.’
- ‘This is a scene from a classic bedroom farce - but with consequences undreamed of by traditional farceurs, like the great Feydau or the contemporary Aykborn.’
- ‘That's how an acute farceur humanized a sewer rat for audiences of the 50s and every TV generation since.’
- ‘Sometimes fakir, sometimes farceur, he dominates the scenes in which he appears.’
- ‘In other words, whereas Moliere is a farceur, Kleist is a Romantic.’
- ‘He's a bit of a farceur, which I see as a dying art.’
- 1.1 A joker or comedian.
Late 17th century: French, from obsolete farcer ‘act farces’.
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