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Examples of raillery in a sentence
Luke had to put up with a lot of raillery from his sister the first time he asked a girl for a date.
Did You Know?
Raillery is the anglicized form of the French word raillerie, which stems from the Middle French verb railler, meaning "to mock." "Railler," which probably comes from Old French reillier ("to growl" or "to mutter") and ultimately from Late Latin ragere ("to neigh"), also gave us our verb "rail." But "rail" and "raillery" are quite different in tone. Rail means "to revile or scold in harsh, insolent, or abusive language," whereas "raillery" usually suggests cutting wit that pokes fun good-naturedly.
Origin and Etymology of raillery
French raillerie, from Middle French, from railler to mock
First Known Use: 1643
RAILLERY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of raillery for English Language Learners
: friendly joking about or with somebody
RAILLERY Defined for Kids
Definition of raillery for Students
: an act or instance of making fun of someone in a good-natured way
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