1. in a bantering fashion
    he spoke to her banteringly
  2. not seriously
    I meant it facetiously
  1. cleverly amusing in tone
    tongue-in-cheek advice
    facetious remarks
    a bantering tone
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How To Use tongue-in-cheek In A Sentence

  • As he introduces another series showcasing the culinary delights of his homeland, he sends a tongue-in-cheek warning to other celeb chefs. The Sun
  • Uber recently ran a not altogether tongue-in-cheek, misandrist post on why she hates men. Archive 2009-04-01
  • I love that kind of tongue-in-cheek wit.
  • One, by cult musician Momus, is a tongue-in-cheek audioguide to city bus routes tip: don't believe everything you hear. (g)Host City: How I found the invisible city
  • The platform at the front of the stage rises up like a pulpit, as Neil suddenly comes on like a crazed tub-thumping preacher man, delivering a bizarre sermon which starts off tongue-in-cheek, and ends up largely sincere.
  • I use the word dignity in a tongue-in-cheek way, because I realized I hadn't come far in the past 31 years when it comes to letting go of summer without wrapping my body around it and holding on for dear life. The Full Feed from
  • This tongue-in-cheek electro pop anthem has already gone platinum in the US. The Sun
  • On the other hand, it is extremely enjoyable to read especially if you like techno-fiction and are in the mood for some tongue-in-cheek cyberpunk.
  • These tongue-in-cheek observations are not intended to be disparaging.
  • When we got together I suggested it needed some New Orleans funeral music, half tongue-in-cheek, because their music is, well, you might say on the funereal side and they thought that was just ideal.
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