boutade

noun bou·tade \ büˈtäd \

Definition of boutade

plural -s
1 a :an outbreak or burst especially of temper
b :caprice, whim
  • no need to take his little boutades seriously
2 a :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


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