persiflage

[pur-suh-flahzh, pair-]
noun
1.
light, bantering talk or writing.
2.
a frivolous or flippant style of treating a subject.

Origin:
1750–60; < French, derivative of persifler to banter, equivalent to per- per- + siffler to whistle, hiss < Late Latin sifilāre, for Latin sībilāre; see sibilant, -age


1. banter, badinage, jesting.
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persiflage (ˈpɜːsɪˌflɑːʒ)
 
n
light frivolous conversation, style, or treatment; friendly teasing
 
[C18: via French, from persifler to tease, from per- (intensive) + siffler to whistle, from Latin sībilāre to whistle]

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persiflage
1757, from Fr. persiflage, from persifler "to banter," from L. per- "through" + Fr. siffler "to whistle, hiss," from collateral form of L. sibilare "to hiss," possibly of imitative origin.
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