badinage

noun ba·di·nage \ ˌba-də-ˈnäzh \

Definition of badinage

: playful repartee : banter

Examples of badinage in a Sentence

  1. the sophisticated badinage of the characters in plays by Oscar Wilde

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Origin and Etymology of badinage

borrowed from French, going back to Medieval French, "foolishness, stupidity," from badiner "to banter, jest, play the fool" (verbal derivative of badin "silly, foolish," as noun, "fool, simpleton," borrowed from Occitan, from badar "to have the mouth wide open, gape"—going back to Vulgar Latin *batāre, perhaps of imitative origin—+ -in, adjective suffix) + -age -age



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