badinage

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French badinage, from the verb badiner ‎(to jest, joke), from Provençal. Distantly related to abash.

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Noun[edit]

badinage ‎(uncountable)

  1. Playful raillery; banter.
    • 1994, Lawrence G. DiTillio, Babylon 5, "Spider in the Web", 13m 19s
      [Talia:] You'll forgive me if I'm not in the mood for your usual badinage.
    • 2005, The Times (London), October 31
      "No, this was more a night of bellowed barbed badinage, boisterous BS, outrageous declamations and defiant roars."

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Verb[edit]

badinage ‎(third-person singular simple present badinages, present participle badinaging, simple past and past participle badinaged)

  1. To engage in badinage or playful banter.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

badin +‎ -age

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Noun[edit]

badinage m ‎(plural badinages)

  1. joke; gag; wind-up
  2. (figuratively) a trivial, simple task