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English adjective: tongue-in-cheek

1. tongue-in-cheek cleverly amusing in tone

SamplesA bantering tone.
Facetious remarks.
Tongue-in-cheek advice.

Synonymsbantering, facetious

Similarhumorous, humourous

Antonymshumorless, humourless, unhumorous

English adverb: tongue-in-cheek

1. tongue-in-cheek in a bantering fashion

SamplesHe spoke to her banteringly.


2. tongue-in-cheek not seriously

SamplesI meant it facetiously.

Synonymsfacetiously, jokingly

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