What is the word for a person who is not stupid or a fool, but always purposefully:

  • makes fun of everything,
  • passes silly comments about everything,
  • responds to wise/deep questions with silly and useless answers and
  • underestimates the gravity of a situation to make the situation appear light?
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    Depends on the context. Does the person's action(of purposefully doing things) cause others to feel hurt or happy? +ve and -ve connotations must be distinguished clearly.
    – BiscuitBoy
    Dec 13, 2015 at 7:18
  • While BiscuitBoy is right but taking it as a negative connotation, sick might be a good word if the person is very insensitive and cracks bad jokes in a grave situation. Dec 13, 2015 at 8:08
  • Purposefully, or purposely or deliberately ? I believe most of the time that when "purposely", or in your case "purposefully", is used, "deliberately" had actually been the intended meaning. Dec 13, 2015 at 11:46
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    The first three characteristics line up with "immature". The fourth, less so.
    – Richard
    Dec 13, 2015 at 18:49

8 Answers 8


Consider facetious:

If you say that someone is being facetious, you are criticizing them because they are making humorous remarks or saying things that they do not mean in a situation where they ought to be serious.

(Collins Dictionary)

Impish may also fit if you need to convey a more positive connotation:

showing a lack of respect or seriousness in a way that is amusing rather than bad


Alternatively, a word like clown could fit:

a comical, silly, playful person
I was always the class clown

(Oxford American Dictionary)


flippant might be a good choice.


1. frivolously disrespectful, shallow, or lacking in seriousness; characterized by levity

You might also consider irreverent, which may carry a less negative connotation.

  • I agree on "irreverent", but not "flippant". One might make a flippant remark, but that's an isolated event. You wouldn't use it to refer to a person who does that all the time. "Irreverent", on the other hand, can be used to refer to someone's general character. Dec 13, 2015 at 20:43
  • I am choosing 'Flippant'.
    – user20865
    Dec 14, 2015 at 16:32

Joker: person who teases, kids - from the thesaurus.com.

Synonyms: punster, wisecracker, comedian



fond of or characterized by joking; humorous or playful. "she sounded in a jocular mood" synonyms: humorous, funny, witty, comic, comical, amusing, droll, waggish, jokey, hilarious, facetious, tongue-in-cheek, teasing, playful;



How about "deliberately obtuse"?

  • Welcome to ELU, please add a source to support your suggestion (possibly a dictionary or a book that uses these words in a way that supports your answer).
    – JJJ
    Jun 19, 2018 at 14:55
  • Oops. I have a few sources and I'd post them but just now notice that the request was for one word! Sorry. Jun 19, 2018 at 19:30
  • I think it might be a good answer (no need to delete just because it's two words). The sources, however, are important, because it helps other users to see if it fits for how they want to use it.
    – JJJ
    Jun 19, 2018 at 19:37

There's a tone of heedless and unaware in there.

Showing a reckless lack of care or attention.

Not sure it quite nails it though...

Perhaps thoughtless as well?


In addition to the other answers, it sounds like this person might be a troll, especially if the context is discussions on the internet and the person in question is doing this to provoke others for their own amusement:

From Wikipedia (emphasis mine):

In Internet slang, a troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion, often for their own amusement.


I'd probably call such a person a smartass or wiseass, meaning someone who acts as if they are above the situation, does not take things seriously, and often makes inappropriate jokes.

Another term for this is wag which usually refers to that one guy in a group you can always count on to make the obvious and maybe inappropriate joke.