farce / färs/ •
n. a comic dramatic work using buffoonery and horseplay and typically including crude characterization and ludicrously improbable situations. ∎ the genre of such works. ∎ an absurd event: the debate turned into a drunken farce.DERIVATIVES: far·ci·cal adj. a farcical tangle of events.
Comic drama typified by stereotypical characterizations, improbable plot lines and emphasis on physical humour. One of the earliest examples is Shakespeare
's Comedy of Errors
1593). French dramatist Georges Feydeau
developed the ‘bedroom farce’. Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest
(1895) opened up new dramatic possibilities.
short dramatic work the sole object of which is to excite laughter. XVI. — (O)F. farce
, orig. ‘stuffing’, f. farcir
stuff :- L. farcīre
(in medL. pad out, interlard). The latinized form farsa
, was applied in XIII to phrases interpolated in liturgical texts, hence to impromptu amplifications of the text of religious plays, whence the transition to the present sense was easy.
Stuffing, hence forcemeat as a name for meats used as stuffing.