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E.g. Someone says "You smell bad!" but in a cheerful/positive tone, usually for being funny or sarcastic.

The exact words are negative, it's just the body gesture/facial expression/tone being cheerful/positive in a mismatching way.

I'm also looking for a verb form of it, describing the action of expressing the negative meaning with such a manner. E.g. A:"You smell bad!"(in a cheerful manner) B:"Uh, you're ____ it."

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    I think "facetious" works well as an adjective and "mask" as a verb.
    – vickyace
    May 29, 2016 at 12:37
  • If you can’t find a single word for the verb, you could consider “Uh, you’re sending [me] mixed signals.”
    – Papa Poule
    May 29, 2016 at 15:49

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Perhaps it is facetious, defined by oed as

Treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humour.

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Try mask, defined by Merriam Webster under synonym discussion

Suggests some often obvious means of hiding or disguising somethin.

A- you smell bad!

B- uh! You're masking it (with your demeanor)

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