badinage

noun
ba·​di·​nage | \ ˌba-də-ˈnäzh How to pronounce badinage (audio) \

Definition of badinage

: playful repartee : banter

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Examples of badinage in a Sentence

the sophisticated badinage of the characters in plays by Oscar Wilde
Recent Examples on the Web The banality of Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s adapted script suggests satire, yet the film is fairly humorless, despite the musicians’ profane badinage. Armond White, National Review, "The Fiasco of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom," 1 Jan. 2021 The result is a system that favors cable-ready wisecracks and viral badinage over substantive policy discussions. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Let’s Cancel the Presidential Debates Forever," 31 July 2020 Ironic hyperbole was a form of badinage that came easily to Smith. Verlyn Klinkenborg, The New York Review of Books, "An English Clergyman’s Advice For Quarantine," 14 May 2020 And the fact that this is where supporters have ended up after mere hours of social media badinage tells you just how weak the defense is. Megan Mcardle, Alaska Dispatch News, "Trump’s defenders run out of excuses for Russian connection," 11 July 2017 Too often there’s an emotional monotony to this production, which flattens the narrative into a rather stale bedroom farce with barbed marital badinage and cliche clinches. Karen D'souza, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘The Real Thing’ revival falls flat in Berkeley," 3 Feb. 2017 Scientists have begun decoding the complex badinage between cactuses and pollinating bats. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "As Rains Ease in the West, Cactuses Shine Brighter Than Ever," 24 Apr. 2017 The hosts of Morning Joe, which debuted in 2007 and more or less dominated the cable-news chatter machine ever since, have long been known for their highly flirtatious office-spouse badinage, squabbling and then making up. Vanityfair.com, VanityFair.com, "Exclusive: Joe and Mika Are Getting Hitched," 4 May 2017 The hosts of Morning Joe, which debuted in 2007 and more or less dominated the cable-news chatter machine ever since, have long been known for their highly flirtatious office-spouse badinage, squabbling and then making up. Emily Jane Fox, The Hive, "Exclusive: Joe and Mika Are Getting Hitched," 4 May 2017

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First Known Use of badinage

circa 1658, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for badinage

borrowed from French, going back to Middle 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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12 Jan 2021

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“Badinage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/badinage. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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