[bad-n-ahzh, bad-n-ij]
light, playful banter or raillery.
verb (used with object), badinaged, badinaging.
to banter with or tease (someone) playfully.

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 Unabridged
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badinage (ˈbædɪˌnɑːʒ)
playful or frivolous repartee or banter
[C17: from French, from badiner to jest, banter, from Old Provençal badar to gape]

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Word Origin & History

"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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Example sentences
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.
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