noun bou·tade \büˈtäd\

Definition of boutade



  1. 1a :  an outbreak or burst especially of temper b :  caprice, whim no need to take his little boutades seriously

  2. 2a :  an 18th century French dance of impromptu character b :  an instrumental musical composition similar to the Italian capriccio in an impromptu fanciful style

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Origin and Etymology of boutade

French, from Middle French, from bouter to thrust + -ade — more at butt

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quaintly unconventional or refined

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