Definition of persiflage
: frivolous bantering talk : light raillery
Examples of persiflage
<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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