bou·​tade | \ büˈtäd \
plural -s

Definition of boutade

1a : an outbreak or burst especially of temper
b : caprice, whim no need to take his little boutades seriously
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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History and Etymology for boutade

French, from Middle French, from bouter to thrust + -ade

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“Boutade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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