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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Light, playful banter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Playful raillery; banter.
  • v. To engage in badinage or playful banter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Playful raillery; banter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Light playful banter or raillery.
  • n. Synonyms Raillery, banter.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. frivolous banter


French, from badin, joker, from Provençal badar, to gape, from Latin *batāre.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French badinage, from the verb badiner ("to jest, joke"). (Wiktionary)



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  • No single word is sufficiently large
    To capture the spirit of persiflage.
    That genial quality
    Of taunting frivolity
    At play is a partner to badinage.

    July 18, 2014

  • Railroad telegraphers' shorthand for Baggage referred to in your letter of". --US Railway Association, Standard Cipher Code, 1906.

    January 20, 2013

  • "Strahs and the actors are shitting us all the time with this clipped badinage..." TONY theater review

    March 20, 2010

  • Is persiflage ever not airy?

    July 1, 2009

  • Only unintentionally, I think. Poor writing by Ludlum there.

    July 1, 2009

  • Is badinage ever consequential?

    June 30, 2009

  • "The badinage was inconsequential, reduced to who knew whom and wasn't the weather glorious in St. Tropez, or the Bahamas, Hawaii, or Hong Kong?"
    - Robert Ludlum, 'The Matarese Countdown'.

    June 30, 2009

  • I love how this word sounds.

    July 13, 2008