persiflage


per·si·flage

noun \ˈpər-si-ˌfläzh, ˈper-\

Definition of PERSIFLAGE

:  frivolous bantering talk :  light raillery

Examples of PERSIFLAGE

  1. <their tongue-in-cheek persiflage is sometimes mistaken for an exchange of insults by people who don't know them>

Origin of PERSIFLAGE

French, from persifler to banter, from per- thoroughly + siffler to whistle, hiss, boo, ultimately from Latin sibilare
First Known Use: 1757

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