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[bad-n-ahzh, bad-n-ij] /ˌbæd nˈɑʒ, ˈbæd n ɪdʒ/
light, playful banter or raillery.
verb (used with object), badinaged, badinaging.
to banter with or tease (someone) playfully.
Origin of badinage
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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Examples from the web 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


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

"light railery," 1650s, from French badinage "playfulness, jesting," from badiner (v.) "to jest, joke," from badin "silly, jesting," from Old Provençal badar "to yawn, gape," from Late Latin badare "to gape," from *bat-, the root of abash.

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