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badinage

[bad-n-ahzh, bad-n-ij] /ˌbæd nˈɑʒ, ˈbæd n ɪdʒ/
noun
1.
light, playful banter or raillery.
verb (used with object), badinaged, badinaging.
2.
to banter with or tease (someone) playfully.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < French, equivalent to badin(er) to joke, trifle (verbal derivative of badin joker, banterer < Old Provençal: fool; bad(ar) to gape (< Vulgar Latin batāre; cf. bay2) + -in < Latin -īnus -ine1) + -age -age
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Examples for badinage
  • Sometimes there's no harm in a little badinage among colleagues.
  • Chuck's many talents do not now and did not then include rough, boisterous badinage.
  • The badinage feels natural precisely because directors and actors are so attentive to what bodies say that words don't.
  • Greenberg's language, as eloquent in barbed badinage as in wistful rumination.
British Dictionary definitions for badinage

badinage

/ˈbædɪˌnɑːʒ/
noun
1.
playful or frivolous repartee or banter
Word Origin
C17: from French, from badiner to jest, banter, from Old Provençal badar to gape
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Word Origin and History for badinage
badinage
"light railery," 1650s, from Fr. badinage "playfulness, jesting," from badiner (v.) "to jest, joke," from badin "silly, jesting," from O.Prov. badar "to yawn, gape," from L.L. badare "to gape," from *bat-, the root of abash.
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